Chasing Eris


Chasing Eris


Cairns, Zachary

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C. Alan Publications

Inspired by the dwarf planet and Greek goddess of the same name, Chasing Eris is dark and energetic in nature and evokes images of the great distances and uncertainty associated with space exploration.

Program Notes

Chasing Eris draws its inspiration from two sources: the 15th anniversary of the discovery of the dwarf planet Eris in 2005 and the Greek goddess of strife and discord. The piece is dark and energetic in nature and features unexpected chromatic chord progressions (in particular tritone progressions and chromatic mediants). This chromaticism is carefully planned so that the burden of learning and playing new notes is distributed throughout the ensemble. Though these chromatic harmonies are themselves largely consonant, they have a discordant flavor when presented in juxtaposition with each other. This discordant flavor is intended to evoke images of great distance and uncertainty often associated with space exploration near the edge of our solar system.

Grade Level: 2.5
Copyright: 2020
Duration: 3:30

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    Flute 1
    Flute 2
    Oboe (optional)
    Bassoon (optional)
    B-flat Clarinet 1
    B-flat Clarinet 2
    Bass Clarinet
    Alto Saxophone 1
    Alto Saxophone 2
    Tenor Saxophone
    Baritone Saxophone

    B-flat Trumpet 1
    B-flat Trumpet 2
    F Horn
    B-flat Baritone T.C.

    Timpani (3 drums) (optional)
    Keyboard Percussion: Chimes, Bells, Xylophone
    Percussion 1: Snare Drum, Bass Drum
    Percussion 2: Crash Cymbals, Bongos, Suspended Cymbal