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White ghost dancing : arranged for wind orchestra

by Ross Edwards (1999, this version: 2018)

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Performance by Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Richard Mills from the CD White ghost dancing

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White ghost dancing / Ross Edwards ; Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Version: This product features the Full orchestra version of this work

Library shelf no. CD 1315 [Available for loan]

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

Library shelf no. 784.8/EDW 2 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

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.

Work Details

Year: 1999, this version: 2018

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.

Duration: 10 min.

Commission note: 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

Performances of this work

24 May 2019: at SCM Wind Symphony (Greenway Series) (Verbrugghen Hall). Featuring John Lynch, Sydney Conservatorium of Music Wind Symphony.

17 Mar 2018: at KPO presents 'Firebird & Strauss' (The Concourse, Chatswood). Featuring Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra, Paul Terracini.

17 Mar 2018: at KPO: Firebird, Strauss, Edwards (The Concourse, Chatswood). Featuring Paul Terracini, Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra.

24 Jun 2016: at Adelaide Symphony Orchestra: Prokofiev & Edwards (Adelaide Town Hall). Featuring Nicholas Carter, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

5 Dec 2015: at Edo conducts Mozart & Elgar & Edwards (Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall). Featuring Edo de Waart, Sydney Symphony.

4 Dec 2015: at Edo conducts Mozart & Elgar & Edwards (Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall). Featuring Edo de Waart, Sydney Symphony.

3 Dec 2015: at Edo conducts Mozart & Elgar & Edwards (Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall). Featuring Sydney Symphony, Edo de Waart.

22 Aug 2015: at Greenway Series at Sydney Con (Verbrugghen Hall). Featuring Eduardo Diazmuñoz, Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra.

21 Aug 2015: at Greenway Series at Sydney Con (Verbrugghen Hall). Featuring Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Eduardo Diazmuñoz.

14 Aug 2015: at Ulster Orchestra & BBC Radio 3 (Ulster Hall (Belfast, UK)). Featuring David Porcelijn, Ulster Orchestra.

22 Apr 2015: at Towards First Light (Adelaide Town Hall). Featuring Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Iain Grandage.

17 Mar 2011: at White Ghost Dancing (Sydney Town Hall). Featuring Max McBride, David Pereira, Sydney Youth Orchestra.

12 Mar 2011: at Sydney Youth Orchestra (City Recital Hall). Featuring Max McBride, Sydney Youth Orchestra.

6 Nov 2010: at Penrith Symphony Orchestra (Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre). Featuring Penrith Symphony Orchestra.

5 Jul 00: Odeon Theatre, Hobart. Featuring Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, David Porcelijn.

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