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Body of the moon

First line:
Vedere, il corpo della Luna
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Commissioned by All Classical Portland radio network to mark the occasion of the total solar eclipse in 2017, Desmond Earley’s piece—based on the texts of Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)—captures the sense of awe fostered by witnessing such a galactic occurrence. Body of the moon was broadcast across the Pacific Northwest of the United States as millions experienced the totality of the solar eclipse. The phenomenon of the eclipse is represented by the lyrical cello line as the choir gives voice to the words of Galileo: ‘Vedere il corpo della luna' ('Behold the body of the moon!’). The bass drum represents the vastness of our solar system, and a lone vocal improvisation speaks to the personal experience of this magical moment. The original pop vocal improvisation was recorded by Erick Vallé, cello by Nancy Ives and bass drum by Chris Whyte with Resonance Ensemble, directed by Katherine FitzGibbon.

from notes by Desmond Earley © 2019


Perpetual twilight
Studio Master: SIGCD558Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 3 on SIGCD558 [7'50] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD558 track 3

Recording date
29 April 2018
Recording venue
All Hallows College, Drumcondra, Dublin, Ireland
Recording producer
Nigel Short
Recording engineer
Andrew Mellor
Hyperion usage
  1. Perpetual twilight (SIGCD558)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: March 2019
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