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Conductor's notes by Historian Dr. Wayne B. Bartlett and Composer Darren Marc Bartlett.
GALACTIC ODYSSEY - A Constellation Suite - Journey to the Stars
1) AQUILA - THE EAGLE (magnifico)
In Greek mythology Eagles were used to represent an ascension up to the
heavens. The opening stanza depicts the wonder of such miraculous acts. A
sense of grandeur and of the magnificence of the universe should shine
2) DRACO - THE DRAGON (con fuoco)
The "Celestial pole" or "Seat of Judgement" was guarded by the celestial
serpent, the constellation Draco. As the marking indicates, this section
should be played "with fire" and exuberance.
3) CYGNUS - THE SWAN ( cantabile con calore)
Swans are known for their swan-song, it was believed that these birds of
regal grace sang only once in their lifetime, just before they die. "To be
swan-like" is to greet death with a song of exceptional beauty and calm
acceptance. This should be played in a spirit of contemplation with pathos
4) DELPHINUS- THE DOLPHIN (capriccio)
Dolphins are well-known for their agility and their capricious behaviour;
many species will leap out of the water to view their surroundings. This
should be performed with a sense of breathless joy with playfulness & humour
as its key characteristics, as depicted by the tin whistle and timpani
5) AQUARIUS - THE WATER CARRIER ( tranquillo)
Latin for "water carrier", Aquarius is one of the first-recognised
constellations and was recorded in the 2nd Century by the astronomer
Ptolemy. In this section the marimba emulates the sound of water along with
the rain-stick; the rhythm of the raindrops must come through. This is
followed by a more melancholic melody which should be played sweetly but
sorrowfully; the impact of the elements leading to inward reflection.
6) ORION - THE HUNTER (minaccioso)
The scoring here aims to suggest menace and conjures up the threat of the
hunt. Bar 10 should be played with edge from the Trombones as the Hunter
seeks out his victim. The 'rips' from the Tenor Horns & Euphoniums should
emulate the French Horn. Bar 28 sees the commencement of the chase as the
Hunter moves on his prey. At Bar 34 the percussion indicates danger is
imminent: a sense of threat should cut through with the driving rhythm, a la
bolero. This will be reinforced by a strict adherence to the beat,
representing the remorseless persistence of the Hunter and the seeming
impossibility of the prey's escape.
As we move towards the climax of the music, Bar 49 begins with a series of
semiquavers depicting stars appearing in the sky. This segues to a
frenzied finale, the capture of the exhausted prey and the Hunter's