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Ritual Auras

for flute, horn, percussion, piano, violin and cello

Year:  1982   ·  Duration:  15m

Year:  1982
Duration:  15m

John Elmsly

Composer:   John Elmsly

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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 note

Commissioned by the Karlheinz Company with assistance from the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council and the New Zealand Composers Federation

Performance history

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.