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Noctilucent

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Duo
2021
5 min.

Piano

Trumpet

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Program Notes
Noctilucent for solo trumpet was written for Carrie Blosser and Ashley Killam as part of their Diversify the Stand project. Noctilucent takes the trumpet player on a journey of nuanced colour exploration through single tones that are interrupted with explosive moments of colour. The piano picks out notes from the trumpet's melodic line as though capturing and pulling threads to form new shapes and colour. The process of the composition, and the shapes and colours it explores, are inspired by the imagery adn formation process of Noctilucent clouds. Noctilucent clouds are extremely rare. They are very high clouds seen in the night sky, usually on clear, summer nights. They become visible about the same time as the brightest stars and are usually bluish or silvery. They are formed of ice crystals that refract the colours to create a beautiful spectrum of blues and other colours. Noctilucent clouds are only visible during astronomical twilight, which is where the geometric centre of the Sun is 18 degrees below the horizon in the evening.
Ensemble Name
Dr. Carrie Blosser

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