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Crystal Skies (2013) - orchestra

By Jennifer Bellor

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Full Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Jennifer Bellor. 21st Century, Contemporary Classical, Impressionistic, Modern, Post-Modern. Score. 33 pages. Published by BellorMusic (S0.444403).

Item Number: S0.444403

Program Note

Crystal Skies (2013) was inspired by my experience skydiving for th first time in upstate New York. It was a chilly November day, and as the airplane ascended into the air, it became even more freezing thousands of feet above the ground. When the door of the plane opened, and I stepped out onto the ledge, I could not wait to fall backwards and sink into the clouds. The freefall lasted approximately one minute, and then I felt like I was just floating in the air. In my piece, I wanted to capture that feeling of being suspended in the chilly sky, as if I was flying. The string textures reflect the icy sky, portrayed by the artificial harmonics and ornamented lines that weave in and out of each other. The woodwinds represent birds gliding in the sky, and for a moment, I felt like a bird as I was slowly descending to the ground.

Commission Information

The Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute is made possible by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Continuing Innovation Program, with additional funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Fromm Music Foundation and The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Public funds from New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs support the JCOI Readings in New York City, and the Herb Alpert Foundation generously funded the JCOI Intensive in 2012.

Duration: approximately 10 minutes


Flute 1


Oboe 1 and 2

Clarinet 1 and 2 in Bb

Bassoon 1 and 2

Horn 1 and 2 in F

Trumpet 1 and 2 in Bb

Trombone 1 and 2



Percussion 1: Glockenspiel, Vibraphone

Percussion 2: Crotales, drum set


Electric Bass

Full Strings

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