Chasing the Sunset

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Year of composition
Difficult (Grades 7+)
4 minutes
Modern classical music
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*PARTS COMING SOON - If required sooner, please email* I was inspired to composer Chasing the Sunset whilst travelling on an airplane in the evening, just before sunset. We were flying towards the setting sun in the west, and the concept of travelling constantly towards a setting sun, with night never arriving occured to me. In the case of most flights of course, this is nothing but a fantasy, but this piece depicts the journey we made that night. The opening portrays the anticipation before the flight and the initial part of the journey, beneath the clouds. The music is free and light, interspersed with moments of anxiety in the horn, trumpet and timpani before a rhythmic bass line starts to form. Tension builds as the aircraft takes off (figure [12]) followed by the inexplicable mysteriousness of travelling through a layer of cloud, represented by a flexible and uninhibited solo passage at figure [24]. The decision to make the middle section of the music both tonal and more structured was a concious one. This section (from [30] to bar 53) represents the beauty and simplistic brilliance of the sunset. When writing it, I aimed to allow the music to be as 'organised' and 'uncluttered' as possible, with strong tonal melodic and harmonic lines, to emphasise the difference in subject matter from the earlier section, which is more disordered in a sense. Clouds form once again (bar 54), before the inescapable nightfall begins, proving the notion of an everlasting sunset to be unattainable. The lower strings are here representative of the night, whilst the higher string parts offer glimpses of the sun, before fading away. Finally, as dusk gathers, the music trails off into darkness, and silence.

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