In Greek mythology, Hyperion was the Titan who fathered the sun, the moon, and the dawn. Selene, the goddess of the moon, makes her appearance first, represented by serene and elegant music in the strings and woodwinds. From the first chords voiced only in the flutes, Selene’s image can almost be seen shimmering across the sky. Eos, the dawn, heralds in a new day, making her appearance in the trumpets waken the sleepy countryside. Finally, Helios boldly soars across the daytime sky, driving his golden chariot of fire toward the west. The siblings are linked by a three-note motif that is heard first in the flutes and makes its appearance several other times throughout the piece.
Hyperion is written for symphony orchestra 220.127.116.11 18.104.22.168 timp + 2 perc. and strings. Flute 3 doubles piccolo, Oboe 2 doubles English horn.