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for orchestra

Year:  2011   ·  Duration:  6m 30s
Instrumentation:  3222; 4221; timpani; 2 perc.; harp; strings | (Perc: tam-tam, bass drum, susp. cymbal, wind chimes, triangle, tub. bells)

Year:  2011
Duration:  6m 30s
Instrumentation  3222; 4221; timpani; 2 perc...

Composer:   Sarah Ballard

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Sample Score

Sample: pages 1–3 of score

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An exploding star
Fragments hurtling, plummeting, bound –
Through the universe

Nebulae are interstellar clouds of dust where planetary objects are formed. They are fascinating in the unique and varied forms they take. The image below is that of the Eagle Nebula, known as the “Pillars of Creation”. This piece is inspired by the wonders of these phenomena. It encapsulates the bewildering feeling one experiences at the notion of these clouds in space forming stars, even planets – so magical, so far away but yet still a part of our reality.

Performance history

05 Sep 2011: Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hamish McKeich, at the Michael Fowler Centre, in Wellington.