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Ritual Auras was created using repeated blocks of rugged instrumental colour. These suggested the title but also shape the piece: the music combines ritornello and variation forms to produce sound halos whose nexus is a solo flute passage heard part way through. Although the score is fully notated there are many places where players have freedom to interact and respond to each other. It should be listened to as a series of sculptural explorations of implicit radiance, or a succession of views of personality.
Notes taken from Ritual Auras, Atoll CD (ACD 842)
Commissioned by the Karlheinz Company with assistance from the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council and the New Zealand Composers Federation
02 Oct 1984: Performed by the Karlheinz Company
29 Mar 1992: Performed by the Karlheinz Company in March 1992 at the Music Theatre, at the University of Auckland.