Mercury in Transit – a celestial event for wind ensemble was commissioned by Halifax All-City Music, Nathan Beeler, Director. It was inspired by the transit of Mercury that occurred on May 9, 2016. The form of the work follows the trajectory of Mercury, first hurling though space with a comet-like tail hundreds of thousands of kilometres behind it, then reaching the event horizon, and finally completing its transit in front of the sun. The work is in four distinct sections: (1) The comet tail of Mercury, (2) Mercury, the planet, (3) the event horizon, and (4) Mercury in transit. The next transit of Mercury will be on November 11, 2019. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transit_of_Mercury
Sketch of the outline for the work:
Piccolo Flutes 1/2 Oboe Clarinets in Bb 1/2 Bass Clarinet Bassoon (opt.) Alto Saxophone 1/2 Tenor Saxophone Bari Saxophone Trumpets in Bb 1/2/3 Horn in F 1/2 Trombone 1/2/3 Baritone (treble or bass clef) Tuba Double bass (opt.) Percussion* (3 or more performers) Piano/Keyboard (opt.)
Crash Cymbals Glockenspiel, or other bell-like instrument Marimba Mark Tree / Wind Chimes Snare Drum Sus. Cymbal Timpani Tubular Bells (Eb and G) Unusual, home-made, and/or found percussion instruments (such as the whirly tube, thunder tube, etc.).