Blue Marble (2015)
Duration: approx. 9:00
Blue Marble is a Symphonic Suite for Brass Band, written for the 'Espresso' Christian Brass Band contest in Switzerland in 2015. It is a Section 2 piece which was played by Section 1 bands. Competing bands had no sight of the music before the contest, and only one hour on the day to read the music and then present it.
The work has had its premiere recording on the Amsterdam Staff Band's 2016 release 'Vain Resistance'.
Inspired by the iconic 'Blue Marble' photograph taken in 1972 by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft, this work seeks to paint in music the creation of the Heavens and Earth as told in the biblical Genesis account (Gen. 1:1-28). The work is in six movements:
I. Heavens, Earth & Sky [c. 1 min 10 secs]
II. Plants & Water [1 min 15 sec]
III. Sea Creatures [1 min 10 sec]
IV. Creatures of the Air [2 mins]
V. Creatures of the Land [2 min 15 sec]
VI. Man: the triumph of Creation (1 min 10 sec]
Total duration 9 mins
The central tune is Franklin L. Sheppard's 'Terra Beata' (Beautiful Earth) to which the following words are associated:
This is my Father’s world,And to my listening ears,All nature sings and round me ringsThe music of the spheres.This is my Father’s world,I rest me in the thoughtOf rocks and trees, of skies and seas;His hand the wonders wrought.Maltbie Davenport Babock (1858-1901)