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White Ghost Dancing

Sheet Music: Score

White Ghost Dancing : arranged for wind orchestra / Ross Edwards.

by Ross Edwards (2018)

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  • Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B flat, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, 4 horns in F, 2 trumpets in B flat, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (3 players), piano, double bass.
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    Performance by Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Richard Mills from the CD White ghost dancing

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There are recorded instances of Aboriginal People mistaking early Europeans in Australia for the ghosts of their ancestors, since ghosts were believed to be light-coloured.
As I composed White Ghost Dancing, the concept of a white ghost came to symbolise non-indigenous Australia's innate Aboriginality - its capacity to transform and heal itself through spiritual connectedness with the earth.
I believe that music, which has enormous therapeutic properties and, for me, a close relationship with ritual - and especially dance - is destined to make an important contribution to this transformation and healing, hence the title.
Typical of my maninya (dance/chant pieces), White Ghost Dancing is a compact mosaic of unconsciously processed shapes and patterns from the natural world: fragments of birdsong, insect and frog rhythms, as well as fleeting references to other works of mine and hinted fusions of Aboriginal and Gregorian chant.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (68p. -- A3 (portrait))

Duration: 10 mins

Commission info: Arranged for Sydney Conservatorium Wind Orchestra and its conductor, John P. Lynch

First performance by Sydney Conservatorium of Music Wind Symphony, John Lynch at SCM Wind Symphony (Greenway Series) (Verbrugghen Hall) on 24 May 2019

Includes programme notes.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-67311-240-7

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- Cello with orchestra
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