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astrophilia

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by: Brice Mayfield
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Publication Date: January 30, 2021
Book Size: 8.5" x 11"
Pages: 54
Binding: Spiral Bound
Color: Black and White
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Book Synopsis
astrophilia

for piano solo

composer: brice mayfield

performance time: approx. 1 hr

movements:
i. i lie down, beneath it all
ii. the dome: over everything
iii. i will die, like the stars
iv. look around–we are so small
v. is anything real?

this grouping of musical movements holistically represents the experience of lying beneath the stars, the introspective thoughts that passively enter and leave the mind, and the feeling of human smallness juxtaposed against a universe that is infinitely bigger than the stargazer themself–from the dust of constellations we became human, and from the dust of humanity we shall return home, to never exist again–

the piece is mostly unmeasured, utilizing extended techniques such as stamping the foot, slapping or strumming the strings, harmonics, vocals, and depressing keys without sounding. performance notes are included, as well as explanations of symbols within the score.
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