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The Constellations - A Guide to the Orchestra

By Jonathan Peters

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Orchestra - Advanced - Digital Download
Composed by Jonathan Peters. Children's Music, Classical Period, Romantic Period, 20th Century, 21st Century. Set of Parts, Score. 199 pages. Published by Jonathan Peters (S0.3075).

Item Number: S0.3075

“The Constellations – A Guide to the Orchestra” is a wonderful piece that showcases the different instruments of the orchestra. Perfect for youth orchestras or a young person’s concert; it is a fun and educational way to learn about the instruments of the orchestra. Each star constellation is represented by a different instrument of the orchestra culminating in the beauty and wonder of the night sky (the entire orchestra). Each movement begins with a short narration of the Greek myth behind that particular star constellation and is followed by a musical representation of the myth. The piece may be performed with or without narration. Performance time: approx. 30 min.01. Perseus (trumpet)02. Pegasus (violin)03. Andromeda and Cetus (flute and double bass)04. Hercules (trombone and timpani)05. Leo (percussion)06. Hydra (viola and cello)07. Lyra (harp)08. Lepus (piccolo)09. Orion and Scorpius (oboe and french horn)10. Delphinus (clarinet)11. Gemini (glockenspiel and xylophone)12. Ursa Major and Ursa Minor (bassoon, contrabassoon and tuba)13. Eridanus (celesta)14. The Night Sky (entire orchestra)Review from Andy Radford, Music Director Santa Barbara Youth Symphony"The Constellations - A Guide to the Orchestra", is a wonderful piece of music for either a concert for young people or a standard orchestra concert. This enthralling piece demonstrates a complete scope of orchestral timbres through musical characterizations of the mythology behind the star constellations. We programmed the piece as a multi-media presentation with slides of the constellations shown during narration and music. The concert ended up being standing-room-only. The music is playable by a good youth orchestra and was a favorite of our musicians. I believe that The Constellations will eventually find its way into the hands of professional orchestras, where it will enter the repertoire for young person’s concerts. I strongly recommend this piece to all Music Directors looking for a dynamic piece of music with a multitude of educational connections.Find out more about this piece and other pieces by composer Jonathan Peters at or

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