Rocket (piano, fixed media)
score, parts, fixed media: stereo --CD, AIFF, MP3
written for: Mary Hellmann
Longleaf Catalog Number: 3457
NASA's Wallops Flight Facility is located on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. It is used primarily as a rocket launch site to support science and exploration missions for NASA and other U.S. government agencies. The WFF includes an extensively instrumented range to support launches of more than a dozen types of sounding rockets, small expendable suborbital and orbital rockets. At our home in coastal Northeastern North Carolina, we have an extraordinary view of launches from Wallops Island. Rocket, composed for pianist Mary Hellmann, was inspired by these spectacular nighttime events. The work is divided into four main sections; Construction, Blastoff, Space Waltz, Fireflies, and Re-entry, followed by a brief Coda. The electronic part was generated largely from piano samples. Synthesized sounds are also employed adding a classic Sci-Fi environment to the work.