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Aeolian Harp

for violin

Year:  1979   ·  Duration:  4m

Year:  1979
Duration:  4m

Jack Body

Composer:   Jack Body

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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 the Victoria University of Wellington School of Music (now the New Zealand School of Music)

Performance history

29 Jun 2006: Performed by Anne Frick (violin) in the Grosser Saal of the Musikhochschule Lübeck, Germany

16 Jun 2009: Contemporary Visions 24

Performed by Mark Menzies (violin)

Performed by Mark Menzies (violin)

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