JOHN CLAY ALLEN

composer

Mira

full orchestra | 12' | 2015

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Mira is a red giant star in the constellation Cetus. Classified as a pulsating variable star, Mira swells and shrinks due to an unbalance of internal energy. This swelling and shrinking results in a fluctuation of the star's brightness as seen from earth. This piece explores the conlflict between these two perspectives: the violent, driving processes within the star, and the subtle result observed from hundreds of light years away. The music achieves this through the juxtaposition of constantly evolving textures and pulsing rhythms with the glacial unfolding of spectral harmonies.

 

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JOHN CLAY ALLEN

composer