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Carson Cooman: Orbital for orchestra, score only

By Carson Cooman

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Full Orchestra - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Carson Cooman (1982-). 21st Century, Contemporary Classical. Score. 10 pages. Published by Musik Fabrik (S0.205011).

Item Number: S0.205011

Orbital (2003) for orchestra was commissioned by New Music Tomorrow and is dedicated to
composer Georges Lentz.

The work is a brief meditation, played throughout at a slow tempo and a generally quiet
dynamic level. After an atmospheric introductory section which hints at the principal
material, the work slowly traverses a grid of pitches and intervallic structures -- each
instrumental group orbiting at its own pace. The musical material is derived from a "colored"
whole-tone scale (in its prime form: C, D, E, F#, G#, A#, B).

The poetic image was one of a distant planet, slowly orbiting -- amid the vast expansive void
of outer space. It is a mystical and prayerful piece -- as if we are watching this orbit amidst
the great expanse while contemplating existential questions.

3 Flutes
2 Oboes
2 Clarinets in Bb
2 Bassoons
3 Horns in F
3 Trumpets in C
Percussion (1 player: tubular bells)
3 Obbligato Violins
(NOTE: The three violins may be discreetly amplified. They should be seated in a semi-circle
directly in front of the conductor -- not in a "concerto" position.)

Parts on rental from the publisher

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