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Roger Cichy

Roger Cichy


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General Info

Year: 1996 / 1999
Duration: c. 14:00
Difficulty: V 1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Daehn Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $150.00   |   Score Only (print) - $18.00


Movements

1. Ganymede - 4:45
2. Callisto – 2:50
3. Io - 2:20
4. Europa – 4:10


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
G Alto Flute
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contra-Bassoon
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Harp
Timpani
Percussion I-VIII

(percussion detail needed)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Composer Roger Cichy had not devoted his thoughts or energies to astronomy prior to composing Galilean Moons in 1996. "I had already begun a sketch of the first movement of a multi-movement work,” Cichy writes, “when I awoke one day with the name ‘Europa’ bouncing around my head. I quickly researched the topic and uncovered the four Galilean Moons of Jupiter. It's a bizarre coincidence that my initial sketch of the work's first movement, in progress before uncovering the subject, fit remarkably well the moon Ganymede.”

Each of the four Galilean Moons is unique. Cichy's work reflects these disparate qualities. Ganymede is an earth-like body harboring a system of continents, and much of the movement features the Neopolitan scale, which incorporates semitones on either side of tonic. Callisto is perhaps the most geographically inert body in the entire solar system and is depicted by a haunting melody, introduced by the alto flute, accompanied by crystal-like tones that suggest a cold, stark, lifeless landscape. Io, with its violent volcanism, is portrayed through the use of semitones and tri-tone figures in furioso bursts of musical energy. The tempo/style marking, Furioso, is continuous throughout the movement. Europa is among the most mysterious of all known celestial bodies, its warm sea sandwiched between a molten core and frozen surface crust. Cichy's makes wide use of dichotomous minor/major tonalities throughout the final movement.

- Program Note by publisher


Commissioned by the University of Georgia Bands, John N. Culvahouse, Associate Director.

- Program Note from score


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class AA
  • Georgia: VI
  • Indiana: ISSMA SENIOR BAND GROUP I
  • Kansas: VI
  • Louisiana: V
  • Virginia: VI


Performances

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  • University of California, Santa Barbara, Wind Ensemble (Paul Bambach, conductor) – 30 November 2017
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Wind Symphony (Scott C. Tobias, conductor) – 10 February 2017
  • Benicia (Calif.) High School Wind Ensemble – 2015


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Cichy, R. (1999). Galilean Moons [score]. Daehn Pub.: New Glarus, Wisc.