Umbral Phases: for String Orchestra

by Bryce Miller Composer

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Umbral Phases: for String Orchestra

A lunar eclipse happens when the Sun, Earth, and Moon line up causing the Moon to fall directly in the Earth's umbra or shadow. However, when this occurs the Moon does not go completely dark. Some light that passes around the Earth, thus being filtered through its atmosphere, causes the Moon to gain a hazy red hue. This phenomenon is known as a "blood moon". In this piece I sought to both capture the magnitude of the moment when the Sun, Earth, and Moon perfectly align as well as the reddish-orange haze of the blood moon that results.

Recorded live in Aasen-Hull Hall on June 8th, 2014


released June 17, 2014
Thanks to all of my performers!
Violin: Chris Ives, Christopher Stark, Izabel Austin, Connor Eagleton, Mary Evans, Anne Wolfe
Viola: Hannah Breyer, Avery Pratt
Cello: Gabriel Skyrms, Makenna Carrico
Bass: Rhys Gates, Milo Fultz
Conductor: Bryce Miller

Album cover photography by Mneme Media:



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Bryce Miller Composer Medford

Bryce Miller is an American composer/performer of contemporary classical and film music. He currently resides in Eugene, Oregon where he is studying under Dr. Robert Kyr and Dr. David Crumb, son of George Crumb, at the University of Oregon. In his music he seeks to further explore the capabilities of each instrument and the vast variety of textures and emotions they can create when combined. ... more

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