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Moon songs with Steve Landis

Composer and double bassist Steven Landis.
Andrew Schwartz of Veritography
Composer and double bassist Steve Landis.

Get celestial with this week's Sound Currents as we explore works inspired by the moon.

The moon has inspired legend and mystical tales since the dawn of time. Hear how composers were inspired by the the earth's constant companion in the sky.

This week's guest is composer and double bassist Steve Landis.

Scroll to the bottom to hear a bonus piece: "Moonflight" by Otto Luening, and be sure to answer this week's "favorite piece" poll!

Sascha Groschang
Laurel Parks

Steve Landis, composer/double bassist

by Steve Landis
Avimimus with Lauren McAllister - mezzo-soprano, Alexandra Kassouf - soprano

Trio Contemplating the Moon - III. Haunting
by Yevgeny Sharlat
Trio Selene

The Distance of the Moon
by Daniel Pesca
Sarah Frisof - flute, Hanna Hurwitz - violin, Daniel Pesca - piano

Oi kuu
by Kaija Saariaho
Camilla Hoitenga - bass flute, Anssi Karttunen - cello

Bonus Piece
Otto Luening was an early pioneer in electronic music. His "Moonflight" has a very distinct sound - how does it make you feel?

Did any pieces we included this week stand out to you?
Let us know using the form below!

Sascha Groschang is a host for Sound Currents on 91.9 Classical KC.
Laurel Parks is a host for Sound Currents on 91.9 Classical KC.
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