for piano

Composition Date: 1995
Duration: 00:19:00
Genre: Keyboard, Piano, One Keyboard, Two Hands


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Piano
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Programme Note:
Nebulae are huge clouds of dust and gas that are both the residue from the explosions of stars and the birthplace of new stars. The Orion nebula is an intense, explosive cloud that lies just below the warrior's belt. The Veil nebula, one of the heaven's most delicate structures, is a 20-light-year-long stream from which hang exquisite threads. The Helix nebula is a planetary structure with circles of gases that extend in an apparently symmetrical manner around an empty centre.
Each of the movements of this composition derives its central aurage from the composer's reading of the structure of a nebula. Each movement reflects upon the cycles of creation and destruction and upon the immense spans of time that are inherent in nebulae. And, each movement struggles with the impact of their beauty upon a human viewer.


  • Call Number:
  • MI 2110 B433ne
  • Genre:
  • Keyboard, Piano, One Keyboard, Two Hands
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • July 6, 2010
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (ii, 16 p.) ; 28 cm.
    18 Pages
    Height: 43 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • for piano.

    1. Orion
    2. Veil
    3. Helix

    Commissioned by Colleen Athparia with the generous assistance of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
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