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Phantom Sun: Septet for Flute, Clarinet in Bb, Violin, Cello, and Percussion

Abstract Phantom Sun is a ten-minute piece in three sections, and is composed for flute, clarinet in b-flat, violin, cello, and percussion. The three-part structure for this work is a representation of the atmospheric phenomenon after which the composition is named. A phantom sun, also called a parhelion or sundog, is a weather-related phenomenon caused by the horizontal refraction of sunlight in the upper atmosphere. This refraction creates the illusion of three suns above the horizon, and is often accompanied by a bright halo called the circumzenithal arc. The halo is caused by light bending at 22° as it passes through hexagonal ice crystals. Consequently, the numbers six and 22 are important figures, and have been encoded into this piece in vario... (more)
Created Date 2017
Contributor Mitton, Stephen LeRoy (Author) / DeMars, James (Advisor) / Norton, Kay (Committee member) / Rogers, Rodney (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Music / Chamber Music / Parhelion / Percussion / Pierrot Ensemble / Septet / Sundog
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 39 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Composition 2017
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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