Moon by Night is a modular work, as it is performable as a work for band and chorus, band alone, chorus and piano, or chorus a cappella. The text is the King James translation of Psalm 121, and the title is an image directly quoted from the psalm. The theme of the work is not sacred, however – it should be more like a hymn-like tone poem; a simple, straightforward chorale with long unending lines, where the text serves only to create an evocative mood.
See also Moon By Night for SATB chorus.
Picc, 2Fl, 2Ob, 2Bsn, EbClar, 3Clar, BClar, 2ASax, TSax, Bax, 2Trp, 4Hn, 2Trb, Bar, 2Tba, Cb, Timp, Perc1 (Glock/ ‘C’Gong), Perc2 (Vibr/ SusCym/ WChim), Perc3 (Mar/ BDr), Perc4 (Crot/ TubBells/ Tri)
June 27, 2001 by the Sterling Municipal Symphony Band in Sterling, IL, conducted by Eric Whitacre
(to the Wingert-Jones Published Edition)
- Baritone sax is a (sounding) B-natural in m.38, not a B-flat
- Flutes in m.38-9: The G can either be Fl1 only, with Fl2 entering beat 3 of m.39, or Fl2 can play the G whole note in m.38, tied to a G half note in m.39, before Fl2 plays beats 3-4 in m.39.
Winner of the 2003 NBA/Merrill Jones Memorial Young Band Composition Award
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- April 26, 2018 - University of Missouri Symphonic Band at Missouri Theatre. Conducted by Dr. Amy M. Knopps.