The Man in the Moon

for orchestra

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A powerful work of contrasts and transitions: from clouds of overlapping texture to sharply defined funkiness; from melodic lines which are frayed and blurred to readily discernible cohesion, and from apparent non-metred pulse to highly charged rhythm. There are also stylistic modulations: from romantic rhapsody to jazz funk, from soft consonance to hard dissonance and from static harmony to one instance of a traditional harmonic progression and cadence. The piece ends with a huge climax and final resolution. Or is it?


I hope performers and listeners will make their own connections between the title of this work and the musical material in it; a forlorn bassoon solo near the end is surrounded by echoes of its own voice but in the end there is no answer; a final E screams uncomfortably; maybe there will never be an answer.


Flute 1 & Piccolo

Flute 2

Flute 3

Flute & Alto Flute

Oboe 1

Oboe 2

Oboe 3

Oboe 4 & Cor Anglais

Clarinet 1 & Clarinet in E flat

Clarinet 2

Clarinet 3

Clarinet 4 & Bass Clarinet

Bassoon 1

Bassoon 2

Bassoon 3


Horn in F 1

Horn in F 2

Horn in F 3

Horn in F 4

Trumpet in B flat 1

Trumpet in B flat 2

Trumpet in B flat 3

Trombone 1

Trombone 2

Trombone 3& Bass Trombone

Tuba 1

Tuba 2


Snare Drum

Bass Drum

Crash Cymbal




Violin 1

Violin 2



Double Bass

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