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Comet Race

By Doris Gazda

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Orchestra Cello, Contrabass, Piano, Viola, Violin 1, Violin 2, Violin 3 - Grade 2
Composed by Doris Gazda. SWS FS. Young String Orchestra. Set of Score and Parts. With Standard notation. 8+8+5+2+5+5+2+8 pages. Duration 3 minutes, 13 seconds. Carl Fischer Music #YAS123. Published by Carl Fischer Music (CF.YAS123).

Item Number: CF.YAS123

ISBN 9780825891441. 9 x 12 inches. Key: G major.

Comet Race paints a sonic picture of a comet and its tail racing across the sky on a dark night. Master string educator and composer Doris Gazda’s Comet Race will challenge your young students and delight your audience. This piece is a real gem and a welcome addition to the repertoire.
If ever you are lucky enough to see a comet in the sky, you will notice that it is a bright orb encircled with a fuzzy atmosphere called a “coma” and a tail. It is composed of ice, dust and rocky particles. Comets orbit around the Sun. Both the coma and tail are illuminated by the Sun and may become visible from Earth when a comet passes through the inner solar system. The dust reflects sunlight directly and the gases glow from producing electrically charged atoms. This process is called ionization.Greek philosophers wrote about observing comets over 2,000 years ago. Possibly the mention of “falling stars” is actually an account of seeing a comet. Most comets are too faint to be visible without the aid of a telescope, but a few each decade become bright enough to be visible to the naked eye. Several of the great named comets are Halley's Comet, Comet Kohoutek and Comet Hale-Bopp. Astronomers can determine their orbit and predict when they will next appear.As a result of the gas surrounding the comets, they leave a trail of solid debris. If the comet’s path crosses Earth’s path, then at that point there are likely to be meteor showers as Earth passes through the trail of debris. The Perseid meteor shower, for example, occurs every year between August 9 and August 13, when Earth passes through the orbit of Comet Swift—Tuttle. Halley’s Comet is the source of the Orionid shower in October. Comet Race is my musical rendition of thinking about comets chasing each otheras they orbit through the Earth's atmosphere. It also depicts the calmness I experience when gazing at the stars and meteor showers. I do like to think of comets as being on a fast exciting ride through the solar system that we can see occasionally by gazing at the night sky.I hope that you will become star-gazers and enjoy some of the exciting nighttime events by watching the meteor showers and occasionally, a real comet!

About Carl Fischer Young String Orchestra Series

This series of Grade 2/Grade 2.5 pieces is designed for second and third year ensembles. The pieces in this series are characterized by:
--Occasionally extending to third position
--Keys carefully considered for appropriate difficulty
--Addition of separate 2nd violin and viola parts
--Viola T.C. part included
--Increase in independence of parts over beginning levels

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