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Last night was the Hunters Moon for 2009.
Hunters Moon is preceded by the Harvest Moon, both associated with the autumnal equinox and ancient fall ceremonies. Generally speaking, these moon cycles are no brighter than any other full moon but they have been tied with fall feasting traditions – like Thanksgiving in the US – and rituals that celebrate life and a successful year that has passed.
A great recital piece for horn is Gilbert Vinter’s Hunters Moon. It is an excellent filler piece that is about six minutes in length. It makes a nice compliment to other short “song and dance” recital pieces that might be programmed within the first half of a recital.