the.milky.way from z.a.r.k.o.s..c.r.y
4.4.harps.&.orchestra - recorded.2002.05.06


Milky Way Northern Cross Milky Way Center Milky Way Southern Cross

The Milky Way is the galaxy which is the home of our Solar System, together with at least 200 billion other stars (more recent estimates have given numbers around 400 billion) and their planets, and thousands of clusters and nebulae .All the objects in the Milky Way Galaxy orbit their common center of mass, called the Galactic Center.

As a galaxy, the Milky Way is actually a giant, as its mass is probably between 750 billion and one trillion solar masses, and its diameter is about 100,000 light-years. Radio astronomical investigations of the distribution of hydrogen clouds have revealed that the Milky Way is a spiral galaxy of Hubble type Sb or Sc.

The spiral arms of our Milky Way contain interstellar matter, diffuse nebulae, and young stars and open star clusters emerging from this matter. On the other hand, the bulge component consists of old stars and contains the globular star clusters; our galaxy has probably about 200 globulars, of which we know about 150. These globular clusters are strongly concentrated toward the Galactic Center:

The composition the.milky.way is based on

1. images of the Milky Way’s Northern Cross, Southern Cross & Center
2. Michaela's date of birth
3. Michaela's date of death
4. the number of stars in the galaxy (400 billion)

It starts with an introduction that reminds a little bit of a Barock harp concerto (based on the Northern and Southern Cross) and develops in a modern, very energetic direction. Dave Strohbeens comment on it: "Wow... the most gorgeous piece yet... a great final piece!"

The composition is dedicated to my daughter Michaela, who died at the age of 26,  and I hope her soul is part of our universe, maybe a blinking  fixed star in the Milky Way’s Southern Cross...

If you have any questions, please ask the composer jovan.pesec

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