Enceladus … “The Little Moon”

 

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  A lovely expressive piece  which allows for a free “ad libitum” pulse.  It should be played with very relaxed hands.  Enceladus is technically not difficult apart from the few thirds in bars 30-32 and  38-40.  Dropping lightly onto the first one of each group will allow for more smoothness.  It’s a flowing. dreamy melody.  Choose your own tempo and play around a bit with the dynamics.

My music scores are deliberately spare in terms of dynamic and tempi indications.  Deliberately so.  In the past thirty years, more and more classical performers are taking what would once have been considered “excessive” liberties with the composer’s scores.  Sometimes with disastrous results, but more often with fresh and exciting interpretations.

I am excited by the possibilities of today’s musicians breaking away from the straitjacket performances of the past and joining the composer in the act of creation.

 

 

 

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Enceladus … The little Moon

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Enceladus is one of Saturn’s moons.  NASA has recently announced that the Cassini spacecraft has detected the presence of hydrogen in the large gaseous plumes emanating from fissures in the moon’s icy surface.  It is speculated that the ocean beneath that frozen frozen crust may harbor an energy source in the form of hydrogen which might allow microbes to thrive.
 
Although this piece has no musical relevance to hydrogen on Enceladus, I like the idea of a little moon possibly offering a glimpse into a future where we humbly take our place as merely one of many life forms in the Cosmos.  And it’s a lovely name.
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