White ghost dancing : arranged for wind orchestra
by Ross Edwards (1999, this version: 2018)
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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.
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
Program note: Ross Edwards' "White ghost dancing"
by Ross Edwards
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