This composition takes the ensemble and audience through the cycle of dusk to dawn as the emotions of loss and sorrow are met with joy and comfort. Beginning with a solo flute singing alone and ending with the strong sound of the ensemble singing as one as the moon shines its light upon the Earth. The Birds That Still Sing When the Moon Rises will grip the heart of the audience as the night cycles on to meet the day.
Throughout many spiritual beliefs, hearing the sound of birds sing in the middle of the night means you are being watched over by loved ones who may have left us too soon. I further interpret this as having faith to continue on. Naturally, humans have the tendency to cower in the face of adversity because there is a sense of self-worth that doesn’t quite exist yet. We always see ourselves as being lower and less valuable than many things and never seem to take a step back to recognize our worth and realize what we have to offer the world.
Alto Saxophone 1-2
Euphonium (Baritone part included)
Marimba, Orchestra Bells, Chimes, Bass Drum, Tam-Tam, Suspended Cymbal