First Light

This work was composed in support of Lunar Mission One, the first public funded exploration of space.
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The music begins quietly before evolving into a series of flowing arcs and repeating themes. The piano gives way to the beautiful sound of the duduk, a woodwind instrument indigenous to Armenia. The main theme is introduced by the oboe then developed by the clarinet and piccolo flute, as the violin, viola and cello intertwine with sound designs and a small string ensemble.
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Photo Credit: Crescent Moon, Earth's Atmosphere - NASA, International Space Station, 4th September 2010.