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Flute, Cello, and Wind Ensemble. (2010) 40′

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O Earth, O Stars (2012)

O Earth, O Stars (2012)

Illinois State University, Stephen K. Steele, cond. Kimberly McCoul Risinger, Flute, Adriana Ransom, Cello

Instrumentation
Solo Fl Solo Vcl | Fl-2(2»Picc) Ob-2 BbCl-2 BCl CbCl Bsn-2 SSx ASx | Hn-2 Tpt-2 Tbn-2 Euph Tuba DB | Hp Pno Timp Perc-5


O Earth, O Stars is a double concerto for flute and cello. It is in six relatively brief movements:

1. Chorale (Jesu, meine Freude)
2. You are the image of the unending world(Jung)
3. Sanctus (Chorale – Heilig, Heilig)
4. Dragons and Devils of the Heart (Jung)
5. O Earth, O Stars (Richard Beale)
This music is a transcription of a song for solo soprano from my Mass. The text of the original reads in part as follows:

 

     O Earth, O stars, who watch our pain and our joy,
     Lift us up that we may see our Mother once again.
     Together we live the only life there is.
     Music flows from our union.

 

6. Chorale (Aus Tiefer Not)

The small instrumental ensemble consists of 20 winds and brass, double
bass, harp, piano, timpani, and five percussion.