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Introduction to the Moon, An

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Libby Larsen

Libby Larsen

General Info

Year: 2006
Duration: Variable, c. 12:00 to 14:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $30.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II (doubling tuned water glasses)
Oboe I-II (doubling tuned water glasses)
Bassoon I-II
Bb-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III (doubling tuned water glasses)
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II-III
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III (doubling tuned water glasses)
Euphonium (doubling tuned water glasses)
Tuba (doubling tuned water glasses)
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Harmonica (Marine Band C)
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal (large)
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone (with motor)
  • Wind Chimes (brass)

Amplified Voice


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This concert piece offers eight improvisational sections for concert band, tuned water glasses, and amplified voice. An Introduction to the Moon combines two distinctly different and wholly essential musical practices -- music of the page and music of the ear. The work alternates between music that is written and music that is improvised. The improvisational sections include different poems, one per section with the instruments improvising along with the reader. This work provides high school students a wonderful opportunity to develop and demonstrate their improvisational skills.


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • California State University, Los Angeles, Wind Ensemble (Emily Moss, conductor) – 2 December 2019
  • University of Louisiana Lafayette Wind Ensemble (William Hochkeppel, conductor) – 23 October 2019
  • University of Wisconsin-Parkside Wind Ensemble (Laura Rexroth, conductor; Lisa Kornetsky, narrator) – 14 March 2019
  • University of Miami (Coral Gables) Frost Symphonic Winds (Steven Moore, conductor) – 29 November 2018
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Wind Orchestra (Beth Peterson, conductor) – 20 April 2018
  • State University of New York Geneseo Wind Ensemble (Leah McGray, conductor) – 23 March 2018
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Concert Band (Joseph Higgins, conductor) – 19 October 2017
  • Keene (N.H.) State College Concert Band (James Chesebrough, conductor) – 21 April 2011

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