SONG FOR URSA
Ursa Major and the Ursa Minor are well-known, significant constellations in many cultures. Their literal meanings are Big Bear and Little Bear. They are two of the oldest constellations in the sky, with a history dating back to ancient times. The constellations are referenced in Homer and the Bible. This brass ensemble pieces represents the ethereal creation of both the constellations.The piece begins with a duet from the horn and euphonium, representing the awakening of the two constellations. As the piece continues the colors and sounds begin to grow and fill the space, literally and figuratively, until finally the burst of energy creates the constellations at their brightest moments. The piece ends with their stars shimmering as the listener returns to earth and gets farther away from the constellations.