Heavens Help Me

Wigens, Jerry

Duration

0m 45s

Composed

2001

Instrumentation

Large Ensemble

Scoring

strings, woodwind, brass and perc

Availability

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About the work

Written for Philip Cashian’s Musical Jigsaws workshop at the 2001 COMA Summer School, the piece tries to evoke the despair and helplessness of patients in a 19th century asylum. Their cure was deemed possible by forced outdoor observation of the moon and stars often in freezing conditions. Many died of exposure and hypothermia.

First Performance: CoMA Summer School 2001

Technical notes

Final trills to be played as raucously as possible.