PROJECT #71: ASTRA
DIFFICULTY : MEDIUM HARD
Astra is a fanfare for wind band that explores the concept of freedom and adventure through the lens of star trail photography. Star trails are created by using long exposure times to capture the apparent motion of stars in the night sky due to Earth's rotation, resulting in streaks of light that form arcs across the image. Astra captures the energy and wonder of this natural phenomenon through its vibrant melodies, driving rhythms, and colorful textures.
The piece is divided into three sections, with the middle section featuring a soaring trumpet and tenor saxophone melody that evokes the majesty of the stars. The final section is characterized by intricate percussion ostinatos that build in intensity, representing the constant motion and evolution of the universe.
Astra is a celebration of the beauty and mystery of the cosmos, and an invitation to embark on a journey of discovery and exploration. With its dynamic rhythms, soaring melodies, and intricate textures, it invites listeners to join in the adventure and explore the infinite possibilities of the night sky.
PREMIERE: MAY 2022
ANN WILSON & THE VILLA RICA HIGH SCHOOL SYMPHONIC BAND