I. Ring of Glory II. Fall Streaks III. Riding the Streams

Flute, orchestra: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, timpani, 3 percussion: [1 - vibraphone, wood block, sleigh bells], [2 - orchestra bells, marimba], [3 - bongos, tom-tom (low), tam-tam (large), wood block, chimes, suspended cymbals, temple blocks, snare drum, orchestra bells], piano, strings

Duration: 20 minutes

Commissioned By:
Eugenia Zukerman

Chamber version: October 3, 1992 by Eugenia Zukerman, flute, and the Women's Philharmonic Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta, conductor, San Francisco, CA. Full Orchestra version: May 25, 2001 by Eugenia Zukerman, flute, and the National Symphony of Mexico, Enrique Diemecke, conductor, Mexico City, Mexico

Available From:
Oxford University Press, rented by C.F. Peters

Composer's Notes:
The Atmosphere as a Fluid System suggests music that, while intricately interconnected, forms a gesture of fluid upward motion. There is no prescribed traditional musical form in which the music develops. Rather, as the description from the Encyclopaedia Britannica suggests, the work is a discovery of flow and motion as form—ever changing, as the forces which work with it exert their influences.
“Only in the present century has the atmosphere been seen as a large fluid system, the behaviour of which is primarily determined by the need for a poleward transfer of heat.”
— Encyclopaedia Britannica, Volume XII, Macropaedia
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Additional Information:
This piece is also known as "Sky Concerto." There is also a version for chamber orchestra by the same name.

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