Blast Off!

for Narrator and Orchestra

Daniel Dorff

Text: Narration by Daniel Dorff
Duration: 9:30
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Rental

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Quick Overview

"Blast Off!" was commissioned by Lockheed Martin for the Haddonfield Symphony for a March 2000 children?s concert with a theme about outer space. Astronaut Kenneth Reightler, who has piloted the NASA Space Shuttle twice, was the narrator.

"Blast Off!" takes young listeners on a tour of outer space, bringing their imaginations into play. The script begins by asking "Have you ever looked up at a bright shiny full moon and wished you could fly to outer space?" and the tour continues with a narrative style involving the audience. The script is designed to be read by any storyteller, not necessarily an astronaut, and music-reading ability is not required.

"Blast Off!" also may be used to help recognize families of the orchestra. Heartbeats on the launching pad are portrayed by the percussion section; twinkling stars are played by xylophone and glockenspiel; scurrying Martians are portrayed by woodwind octet; and so on through the piece, covering the whole orchestra.

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Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by the Haddonfield Symphony, Daniel Hege Music Director, with generous support from Lockheed Martin Technology Services and its Executive Vice President, Michael F. Camardo
Composition Date 1999
Orchestration Narrator; 2(Picc.) 2(E.H.) 2 2(Cbsn.) - 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Hp. Str.
Premiere March 31, 2000. Daniel Hege conducting the Haddonfield SymphonyNarrated by Astronaut Kenneth Reightler, Jr., STS 48 & 60

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