In 2006, the International Astronomical Union clarified the definition of a planet, creating a new class of objects known as dwarf planets. They are defined as a celestial body orbiting the Sun that is massive enough to be rounded by its own gravity but has not cleared its neighboring region of planetesimals and is not a moon. As of the end of 2008, there are five known dwarf planets – Eris, Pluto, Haumea, Makemake and Ceres – and these are the subject of Songs of Distant Earth.
Songs of Distant Earth was the third prize winner of the 2011 International Trombone Festival Composition Contest sponsored by Bone Therapy.
Solo Parts Included: Trombones 1-4, Bass Trombone