Earthrise (Prior)

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Richard Prior

Richard Prior

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The title of this work is correctly written in lower case: earthrise

General Info

Year: 2001
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Perhaps one of the most striking photographic images of the century is that of the earth rising in the lunar sky, as captured by American astronauts. Unlike the many breathtaking photographs of earth taken from orbit, images of earthrise above the lunar horizon represent a far deeper and intense statement.

Obviously programmatic, earthrise begins with the image of the barren lunar surface and moves towards the first glimpses and final full rise of the earth above the moon’s horizon. The slow opening of this work contains seemingly fragmented and disparate neo-Romantic gestures. These melodic strands and gestures begin to define both musical and syntax relationships, before moving towards a more animated and driven section characterized by a percussive ostinato. The climax of the piece is a transformation of earlier melodic ideas.

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