Philip Armstrong

Solar Rites

Introduction:

Solar Rites, concerto for marimba & chamber orchestra (1997 rev. 2007 - 20 mins). Many of the ideas in the music are taken from recent research in astronomy, including new perspectives of the solar system viewed from the Hubble Space Telescope and the Galileo and Ulysses spacecraft missions to Jupiter and the Sun.

Midi recordings:

1. Winter Solstice at Stonehenge (mp3)

2. The Songs of Helios (mp3)

3. Saturn Moondance (mp3)

4. Life on Mars (mp3)

5. Jupiter Bowshock (mp3)

6. Spring on Pluto (mp3)