Mover of the Earth, Stopper of the Sun

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Mover of the Earth, Stopper of the Sun
by Svitlana Azarova
DedicationNicolaus Copernicus
PublishedDonemus 12782
Date23 January 2013 (2013-01-23)[1]
LocationSalle Pleyel, Paris
ConductorEnrique Mazzola

Mover of the Earth, Stopper of the Sun is a concert overture for large orchestra that was commissioned by Orchestre national d'Île-de-France (ONDIF) from composer Svitlana Azarova.

The composition is dedicated to Renaissance astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.



The name of this composition was taken from the Nicolaus Copernicus Monument, Toruń which bears a Latin inscription drawn up by Alexander von Humboldt: Nicolaus Copernicus Thorunensis, terrae motor, solis caelique stator - Nicolaus Copernicus of Thorun, mover of the earth, stopper of the sun and heavens

In the score Azarova graphically and musically shows Copernicus’s heliocentric cosmology which displaced the Earth from the center of the universe.

Bar Instruments Object
3 Cl. Sun
19-20 Cl., Bsn Earth
37 Ob., Cl Jupiter which is Copernicus' planet
55 Fl., Ob. Mars (Conductor Enrique Mazzola's planet)
56 Horns Saturn which is Azarova's planet,
57-59 Ob., Cl. Jupiter
Copernican heliocentrism
Heliocentrism in score
Excerpt from score depicting the Sun


Piccolo, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets in B, 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns in F, 2 Trumpets in B, 2 Trombones, Bass Trombone. Tuba, Timpani, Strings

Duration: ca. 5'


  1. ^ a b World premiere 23 January 2013 Salle Pleyel
  2. ^ Dutch premiere 1st of March 2014 at Concertgebouw, Amsterdam - Movers of the Earth Archived 2014-05-21 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ September 17, 2015 at S. Lyudkevych Concert Hall, Lviv - United by Music Archived 2015-09-19 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ 17th and 19th of April 2020 in the Zuiderstrandtheater, The Hague