Black Moon Rising, Opus 30, by Neal Corwell

Instrumentation: 2 versions
1) solo euphonium, horn, or trombone with small ensemble consisting of woodwind quartet plus string bass and timpani.
2) solo euphonium, horn, or trombone with CD accompaniment
Copyright: 1997
Duration: 7:00
Range: F to b-1
Difficulty: III
Publisher: Nicolai Music
Price: $20 for CD-accompanied version*
$30 for original version with small ensemble accompaniment
Recorded by: Neal Corwell (Heart of a Wolf CD, Nicolai Music - CD accompanied version)
Other Info: Dedicated to the memory of Nick, the composer’s beloved pet. Original version, for soloist with small ensemble, was premiered during the 1997 Garrett Lakes Arts Festival in McHenry, Maryland, with Dr. Corwell as soloist.

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Black Moon Rising depicts an eerie surreal landscape, one in which a jet-black moon, backlit from some unknown source, rises in the night sky, sometimes obscured by mist and clouds. The overall tone is dark and the harmony, though tonal, is largely dissonant. Technical difficulties are minimal, but endurance is required because most of the melodic lines are in the medium-high range for the euphonium and there are few rests. Although often quiet and dark, the work also includes some exciting climatic moments.

This work was originally composed for solo with small chamber ensemble, and an optional recorded accompaniment version was created a year later. The recorded version of the accompaniment features sampled voices in imitation of the original acoustic instruments plus added electronic effects and textures.