A Journey to Mars
For Symphony Orchestra
Uploaded on Jun 28, 2016
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Special thanks to Devon Bollin for the Audio (that he made last year, and just recently rediscovered). This composition depicts a journey to our next-door neighbor, Mars. To listen to a better version, go to https://youtu.be/LxKAIxmViPY OR Select the audio sources and listen to the custom track. =)
The piece starts with a French Horn solo, presenting the main theme in a slow, quiet way, representing the quiet anticipation of the rocket's crew as they prepare for takeoff. The melody is then handed to the strings who play an augmented rhythm of the main theme. The music then takes a lighter feel as the Clarinet and the Flute play the conclusion to the theme. From there, the tempo increases as the astronauts arrive at the launch site. As the astronauts ride the elevator to their module at the top of the rocket, the piece takes a driving feeling as the Viola plays a steady, repeating low C, representing the steady progression of the countdown to liftoff. As the main theme appears again, the rocket begins its launch. When the orchestra comes in together, the famous words, "We have liftoff" are proclaimed to all present. The rocket continues its push into space. The piece reaches its climax when the rocket finally makes it into space and ejects the parts no longer needed for the trip. Now in space, The low strings play a pattern that is mirrored by the Clarinet as the crew looks down on the home that they are leaving behind.
The music takes a mysterious turn as the crew experiences the wonder of space. The Violins play harmonics, giving the texture an ethereal, mysterious sound. A solo Flute plays a pattern that melts into the background as the Horn and Oboe pass off a fragmentation of the main theme.
The mood shifts from slightly melancholy to humorous as the Winds take over the show. The chord progression mirrors the chord progression of the main theme, just with a much less driving feel. This represents the crew's responsibilities lightening, giving them more time to goof off. As the crew nears Mars, the music turns serious again, as the Horn and Clarinet play a pattern that was played earlier in the piece.
The Trumpet belts out a solo that mirrors the Horn solo in the beginning, as "the Red Planet" comes into view. However, the crew must prepare for their landing, so the music regains the driving feel. As the crew initiates their final approach, one of the astronauts cracks a joke, leading to a variation of the earlier lighthearted section, played by the Oboe and Piccolo. The moment of joviality doesn't last long, as the module begins its descent to the planet. The music reaches its highest point as the crew steps out onto the planet's surface and make history.
"If you get a good recording (of this piece) it would definitely get you work - there's no doubt" - Keith Lay, Director of Musical Industry Studies at Full Sail University.
This piece was selected as one of fifteen finalists in the National Young Composers Competition. It was also selected as the first place winner for the Epic Composers Competition.
|Part names||Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Tuba, Trombone, Timpani, Percussion(3), Strings(5)|
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