Performed on April 26, 2016 by Drew Dardis at a recital at Peabody Conservatory consisting exclusively of solo flute music, all written by Peabody Composers.

I've always been fascinated with astronomy. I remember learning about the planets when I was young and wanting to be an astronaut. While I now know that this is not my destiny, I still enjoy learning about space and frequently use astronomy as a source of inspiration. A syzygy is when three celestial bodies align. Solar and lunar eclipses are both examples of syzygy, and both are relatively rare occurrences. The piece is a vehicle to express my curiosity and fascination with this event. I wanted to write a piece that was both challenging and fun for Drew, and this was the perfect opportunity to do so.

Christian Humcke