Stephen Cabell


Stephen Cabell (b. 1984) is a New York-based composer of sonically engaging and arrestingly wrought music that attempts to grab the listener from the very first moments and never lets go. His artistic mission is to write music that can be understood and appreciated by both casual and expert listeners.

Celestial Spaces

  • Instrumentation: scored for orchestra 3(III=pic) - - timp.perc (3) - hrp - cel - strings
  • Duration: 11 minutes
  • Completed: 2006


Celestial Spaces is the first in a trilogy of orchestral pieces inspired by Hubble Space Telescope photographs. The image that inspired this work is dubbed Hubble Deep Field (seen below) and represents a very small portion of the night sky--one 24-millionth of the entire sky to be exact. In the image, there are thousands of objects, nearly all are individual galaxies, each with billions of stars and, probability dictates, billions more planets. The sheer immensity of these numbers inspired the sonic quality of the piece, which attempts to translate this intellectual awe into an emotional response. 

-Stephen Cabell

 Hubble Space Telescope: Hubble Deep Field

Hubble Space Telescope: Hubble Deep Field

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