Gibbous: A Study of the Moon for Brass Quintet

Justin2Justin Gates
Grade 12, Missisquoi Union High School

“This piece is exactly what the title suggests: a musical examination of the gibbous moon. It is meant to capture, through the medium of brass quintet, the majesty, intrigue, power, awe, and ominousness of the waxing moon – almost full, but not quite so. There is a slight chorale like feel to some parts, with open sounds and lead ins, as well as a more adventurous and polyphonous drive toward the middle and the end. The progression is meant to be that of a journey – the opening is gazing at the moon, wondering, whereas the end is an actual approach (either dream-like or physical). Gibbous is an indulgence in my own fascination of what the musical sounds of life could be, and is dedicated to my young cousins Max, Parker, Owen, and Ella, as a mirroring of the wonderment of a child at the moon.”

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