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for alto saxophone and marimba

by Reginald Bain

Commissioned by the RoseWind Duo, Luminescent (2007) for alto saxophone and marimba was inspired by noctilucent clouds, night-shining clouds that hover 50-60 miles above the earth's surface. Made of ice crystals, these thin, wispy clouds live at the edge of space and glow a beautiful electric blue after sunset and before sunrise, when the earth is bathed in darkness. In recent years, they have mysteriously become brighter and more numerous.

Noctilucent cloud over Lake Saimaa in Finland

Credit: Mika Yrjölä


Listen to the entire work on Spotify, or listen to a brief excerpt below.

Clifford Leaman, alto saxophone
Scott Herring, marimba

Luminescent is available on the RoseWind Duo's album Release, Equilibrium 92.

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Updated: January 19, 2016