At the Pillars of Creation
- Instrumentation: scored for orchestra 3(III=pic).3.3.2.cbn - 188.8.131.52 - timp.perc (3) - cel - strings
- Duration: 5 minutes
- Completed: 2007
AT THE PILLARS OF CREATION is a short concert opener meant to evoke the sense of wonder felt when contemplating the size of the cosmos. The title is drawn from a Hubble Space Telescope photo from the Eagle Nebula, 7,000 light years from Earth, dubbed Pillars of Creation (seen below). The photo earned this name because the gas and dust for the nebula is in the process of birthing new stars, while slowly being degraded by the light of the surrounding stars it has recently created. This piece is the second in a trilogy of pieces inspired by Hubble Space Telescope photographs. It was written for the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and premiered in 2007.