for alto and baritone saxophones
In astronomical terms, the time novae take to happen is practically a blink of an eye compared to the millions and billions of years it takes stars and galaxies to form. Only perhaps one nova happens per year which is visible to the naked eye, but when it does appear, a seemingly "new" star appears in the night sky, fading over several weeks or months. These novae involve a binary star system, consisting of a dwarf star, the remains of a star that no longer can perform fusion, and another younger star. The older star feeds on the younger, increasing the atmosphere's temperature of the dwarf star until it reaches the critical temperature to start fusion. Over the next several weeks or months, the newly reignited star fades over time, returning to the dimly lit dwarf. Nova attempts to simulate this process, through the smaller alto sax feeding off the energy of the larger bari sax, before
finally receding back to its initial state.
scheduled premiere May 2020 (postponed due to COVID-19)
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