|Composition Year||1983 ca.|
|Genre Categories||; ; ;|
|Work Title||For Harpsichord|
|Composer||Sydeman, William Jay|
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.||IWS 54|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||1983 ca.|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||1 minute|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Modern|
In 1986 Halley's comet passed through our solar system, as it does every 76 years. I was commissioned to create music for National Public Television’s special about that event. The historical returns traversed many centuries, so I decided to create a Halley's comet theme to vary in the appropriate musical style of the time.
This harpsichord piece in three parts refers to the 18th century's visitation, and employs a purely contrapuntal imitative technique, much in the style of Bach's three part inventions.
– W. Jay Sydeman