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Blue Work

Aeolian Harp

for solo viola

Year:  1999   ·  Duration:  4m

Year:  1999
Duration:  4m

Jack Body

Composer:   Jack Body

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Jack Body: Aeolian Harp; video

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This piece was inspired by the beguiling sounds of the aeolian harp to which I was first introduced by Chris Cree Brown. Said to have been first ‘discovered’ by the ancient Greeks, aeolian harps are intended to be played not by human hands, but by the wind. The strings vibrates through a range of harmonics creating an eerie effect difficult to describe.

Jack Body

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Victoria University of Wellington School of Music

New Zealand School of Music

Performance history

14 Aug 2009: The Austrian connection: 1

28 Jun 2015: Performed by Alex MacDonald (viola) at Marama Hall, University of Otago, Dunedin.