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||Bitensky, Laurence Scott
|Year/Date of Composition
||2010-27-02 – The Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra, Kayoko Dan (conductor)
||2009 – Silly Black Dog Music
|Composer Time Period
||Orchestra: 2 flutes/piccolo, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets (B♭), 2 bassoons + 4 horns (F), 3 trumpets (C), 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba + timpani, 5 percussion + piano + strings
||Used as Movement 4 in Einstein's Dreams
Albert Einstein was known to conduct “thought experiments” as a way to arrive at creative insights into questions that he posed for himself. For instance, when he was 16 he imagined what it would be like to chase after a beam of light. Once he caught up to the beam, Einstein reasoned, the light wave would appear frozen. He later said that this thought experiment played a memorable role in his development of special relativity.
LightRide is a fun and lighthearted musical depiction of Einstein’s famous “thought experiment” and is loosely programmatic, depicting Albert being startled by a beam of light, chasing after it, riding the beam, and experiencing the frozen wave. The piece is also the finale to Einstein's Dreams, a 4-movement work depicting several similar scenes from Einstein’s imagination