Title: Mercury in Transit – a celestial event for wind ensemble
Year Completed: 2016
Duration: 10 mins
Instrumentation: Concert Band / Wind Ensemble
Credits: Commissioned by Halifax All-City Music, Nathan Beeler, Director.
Premiere: Tue. May 16, 2017 7 pm, Spatz Theatre, 1855 Trollope Street, Halifax, NS



Purchase/Rent: This work is exclusive to Halifax All-City Music until fall 2017.



Mercury in Transit – a celestial event for wind ensemble was commissioned by Halifax All-City Music, Nathan Beeler, Director. It was inspired by the transit of Mercury that occurred on May 9, 2016. The form of the work follows the trajectory of Mercury, first hurling though space with a comet-like tail hundreds of thousands of kilometres behind it, then reaching the event horizon, and finally completing its transit in front of the sun. The work is in four distinct sections: (1) The comet tail of Mercury, (2) Mercury, the planet, (3) the event horizon, and (4) Mercury in transit. The next transit of Mercury will be on November 11, 2019. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transit_of_Mercury

Sketch of the outline for the work:

derek charke mit sketch

Instrumentation:

Piccolo
Flutes 1/2
Oboe
Clarinets in Bb 1/2
Bass Clarinet
Bassoon (opt.)
Alto Saxophone 1/2
Tenor Saxophone
Bari Saxophone
Trumpets in Bb 1/2/3
Horn in F 1/2
Trombone 1/2/3
Baritone (treble or bass clef)
Tuba
Double bass (opt.)
Percussion* (3 or more performers)
Piano/Keyboard (opt.)

* Percussion:

Crash Cymbals
Glockenspiel, or other bell-like instrument
Marimba
Mark Tree / Wind Chimes
Snare Drum
Sus. Cymbal
Timpani
Tubular Bells (Eb and G)
Unusual, home-made, and/or found percussion instruments (such as the whirly tube, thunder tube, etc.).
derek charke mercury in transit

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