Marilyn Bliss

Aurora Borealis

Year: 1990

Duration (in minutes): 11'30"

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: percussion ensemble, percussion quartet, small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Instruments: percussion

Publisher: Mostly Marimba

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Description: 4 players, 2 vibraphone, 1 glockenspiel, 3 suspended cymbals, wood block, temple blocks, marimba, crotale, tam-tam, glass chimes, ceramic chimes, sleigh bells, maracas. "Aurora Borealis" draws its inspiration from the arctic phenomena also known as the Northern Lights. The author Barry Lopez (in "Arctic Dreams") has described the aurora as "pale gossamer curtains of light that seem to undulate across arctic skies...The most remarkable effect they seem to to draw a viewer emotionally up and out of himself, because they throw the sky into a third dimension..." My composition is meant to reflect this view of the aurora -- its shimmering, almost tangible quality, its envelopment of the senses, its meditative, spiritual presence. Premiered by the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble and published by Mostly Marimba Publications.

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