LightRide (Bitensky, Laurence Scott)

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Bitensky (2011/9/2)

Publisher. Info. Silly Black Dog Music
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Work Title LightRide
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Composer Bitensky, Laurence Scott
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. ILB 11
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 2009
First Performance. 2010-27-02 – The Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra, Kayoko Dan (conductor)
First Publication. 2009 – Silly Black Dog Music
Average DurationAvg. Duration 7 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation Orchestra: 2 flutes/piccolo, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets (B), 2 bassoons + 4 horns (F), 3 trumpets (C), 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba + timpani, 5 percussion + piano + strings
Related Works Used as Movement 4 in Einstein's Dreams

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Albert Einstein was known to conduct “thought experiments” as a way to arrive at creative insights into questions that he posed for himself. For instance, when he was 16 he imagined what it would be like to chase after a beam of light. Once he caught up to the beam, Einstein reasoned, the light wave would appear frozen. He later said that this thought experiment played a memorable role in his development of special relativity.

LightRide is a fun and lighthearted musical depiction of Einstein’s famous “thought experiment” and is loosely programmatic, depicting Albert being startled by a beam of light, chasing after it, riding the beam, and experiencing the frozen wave. The piece is also the finale to Einstein's Dreams, a 4-movement work depicting several similar scenes from Einstein’s imagination