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  • Orchestra, SATB Chorus & Smartphone App
  • Concert Band, SATB Chorus & Smartphone App

Orchestra, SATB Chorus & Smartphone App

Duration

23 minutes

Year of Composition

2015

Licensing

Boosey & Hawkes

Recording

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Note from Composer

Deep Field was inspired by the world’s most famous space observatory, the Hubble Space Telescope, and its greatest discovery – the iconic Deep Field image.  The pieces paints the incredible story of the Hubble Deep Field.  Turning its gaze to a tiny and seemingly dark area of space (around one 24-millionth of the sky) and left for a 10-day long exposure, the Hubble Space Telescope revealed over 3,000 galaxies that had never previously been seen, each one composed of hundreds of billions of stars.

The new film – Deep Field: The Impossible Magnitude of our Universe – illuminates the score by combining Hubble’s stunning imagery, including never-seen-before galaxy fly-bys, with bespoke animations to create an immersive, unforgettable journey from planet Earth to the furthest edges of our universe. The film is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between Grammy® award-winning composer & conductor Eric Whitacre, producers Music Productions, scientists and visualizers from the Space Telescope Science Institute and multi award-winning artists 59 Productions. The film features Virtual Choir 5: more than 8,000 voices, aged 4-87, from 120 countries around the world.

The work was co-commissioned by Minnesota Orchestra and BBC Radio 3. It premiered with the Minnesota Orchestra & Minnesota Chorale on 8 May 2015 in Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, conducted by Eric. The second performance & European premiere took place at the BBC Proms on 9 August at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Singers & BBC Chorus, once again conducted by Eric.

Contact Music Productions for film licensing requests.

The Deep Field Film

Instrumentation

Flutes 1, 2 & 3 (3rd doubling Piccolo)
Oboes 1, 2 & 3
Clarinets in B 1, 2 & 3
Bassoons 1 & 2
Contrabassoon
Horns in F 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6
Trumpets in C 1, 2, 3 & 4
Tenor Trombones 1 & 2
Bass Trombone
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion 1, 2 & 3
Vibraphone (+ bow)
Crotales (+ bow)
Bass Drum
2 Side Drums with Snares
Suspended Cymbal (Large)
Tam-tam (Large)
Harp
Piano
Chorus (SATB)
App
15 x Violin I
13 x Violin II
12 x Viola
9 x Violincello
7 x Contrabass

Concert Band, SATB Chorus & Smartphone App

Duration

23 minutes

Year of Composition

2016

Licensing

Boosey & Hawkes

Note from Composer

Deep Field was inspired by the world’s most famous space observatory, the Hubble Space Telescope, and its greatest discovery – the iconic Deep Field image.  The pieces paints the incredible story of the Hubble Deep Field.  Turning its gaze to a tiny and seemingly dark area of space (around one 24-millionth of the sky) and left for a 10-day long exposure, the Hubble Space Telescope revealed over 3,000 galaxies that had never previously been seen, each one composed of hundreds of billions of stars.

The new film – Deep Field: The Impossible Magnitude of our Universe – illuminates the score by combining Hubble’s stunning imagery, including never-seen-before galaxy fly-bys, with bespoke animations to create an immersive, unforgettable journey from planet Earth to the furthest edges of our universe. The film is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between Grammy® award-winning composer & conductor Eric Whitacre, producers Music Productions, scientists and visualizers from the Space Telescope Science Institute and multi award-winning artists 59 Productions. The film features Virtual Choir 5: more than 8,000 voices, aged 4 – 87, from 120 countries around the world.

Contact Music Productions for film licensing requests.

The Deep Field Film

Lead Commissioner
Dallas Winds

Co-Commissioners
University of Texas
Baylor University
University of Oklahoma
Texas Tech University
University of Kansas
Royal Australian Navy Band

Instrumentation

Flutes 1, 2 & 3 (3rd doubling Piccolo)
Oboes 1, 2 & 3 (3rd doubling English Horn)
Clarinets in B 1-9
Bass Clarinets in B 1 & 2
Contrabass Clarinet in B
Bassoons 1, 2 & 3 (3rd doubling Contrabassoon)
Alto Saxophones 1 & 2
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Horns in F 1-6
Trumpets in B 1-4
Trombones 1, 2 & 3 (3rd Bass)
Euphoniums 1 & 2
Tubas 1 & 2
Percussion 1-6
Crotales (2 sets)
2 Vibraphones
2 Marimbas
Suspended cymbal (Medium)
Tam-tam
2 Snare drums
2 Bass drums
Timpani
Double Bass
Harp
Piano
Organ
Chorus (SATB)
Smartphone App