Within much of her work,Judith Weir
has tried to portray the sky, stars and planets in her music and the Moon and Star
follows the same path. This work based on poetry by Emily Dickinson
uses the text to act as a philisophical motto to the music itself, choral voices are used a source of textual richness and produce wide, harmonic paragraphs.
The orchestra is used to display musical height and distance with a mix of triple woodwind, 4 trumpets and high violins. The composition is 15 minutes long. Work for SSAATTBB Choir and Orchestra. Commissioned by the BBC Promenade Concerts, and premiered by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers in August 1995.