59,620 Years: Moment Interplanetaire

Year of composition
Difficult (Grades 7+)
6 minutes
Modern classical music
String quartet
Instrumental parts
Not available

Contest entry for: www.hunterleebrown.com/sibcomp

This piece placed 3rd in votes.

Written to mark the near 60,000 year return of Mars on its closest approach to Earth. Plays like a cheap science-fiction film, it experiments (for me) with meter and tries to keep somewhat of a rich, almost traditional string/quartet sound in a fun to play piece and listen to piece.

The title is a play on Schubert's Moment Musicale, but by no means is this my pastiche of/to him.

I was also influenced by the genius talent of Michael Eastwood, whom I grealy admire. His String Quartet No.1 is a favorite work of mine on this web site. You can see where I got the glissando ideas.


My work, a bit disjointed, but a lot of fun for the use of 5/8 and 7/8 meter here. Morris Blackham has pointed out the problems with the violin double-stops in certain places I have yet to fix.

mp3 from Dan Dean Solo Strings sound samples (MIDI): 59620-FINAL-DD.mp3

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