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Blue Work

The Sleep of Reason....

for mixed chamber sextet

Year:  2007   ·  Duration:  10m
Instrumentation:  piccolo/flute/alto flute, E flat clarinet, bass clarinet, bass trombone, cello, double bass

Year:  2007
Duration:  10m
Instrumentation  piccolo/flute/alto flute, E...

Ross Harris

Composer:   Ross Harris

Films, Audio & Samples

Elizabeth Kerr talks to Ros...

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Ross Harris introduces The ...

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Ross Harris: The Sleep of R...

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Sample Score

Sample: Pages 1-4, 47-50

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The Sleep of Reason takes its name from a print by Goya. While the resonances of the full quotation from Goya "The sleep of reason brings forth monsters" might be seen to have wide ranging political and religious implications today, one could just ask the question - is this a piece of music conceived and articulated without reason? and if so - is it a monster?

Commissioned note

Commissioned by 175 East with funding from Creative New Zealand