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Mover of the Earth, Stopper of the Sun

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Composed  2011
Published  Donemus 12782
Conductor  Enrique Mazzola
Dedication  Nicolaus Copernicus
Location  Salle Pleyel, Paris

Date  23 January 2013 (2013-01-23)

Mover of the Earth, Stopper of the Sun is an overture for large orchestra that was commissioned by Orchestre national d'Île-de-France (ONDIF) from composer Svitlana Azarova.


The composition is dedicated to Renaissance astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.


  • World premiere January 23, 2013 at Salle Pleyel, Paris
  • Dutch premiere March 1, 2014 at Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, conducted by Marc Albrecht.
  • September 17, 2015 at S. Lyudkevych Concert Hall, Lviv, INSO-Lviv Youth Academic Symphony Orchestra, conductor Anna Skryleva
  • Background

    The name of this composition was taken from the Nicolaus Copernicus Monument, Toruń which bears a Latin inscription drawn up by Alexander von Humboldt: Nicolaus Copernicus Thorunensis, terrae motor, solis caelique stator - Nicolaus Copernicus of Thorun, mover of the earth, stopper of the sun and heavens

    In the score Azarova graphically and musically shows Copernicus’s heliocentric cosmology which displaced the Earth from the center of the universe.


    Piccolo, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets in B, 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns in F, 2 Trumpets in B, 2 Trombones, Bass Trombone. Tuba, Timpani, Strings

    Duration: ca. 5'


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