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Dancing on a Volcano

for orchestra

Year:  1996   ·  Duration:  12m
Instrumentation:  3333; 4331; timp., 3 perc.; piano, harp; strings | (Perc: temple blocks, 3 slit drums, triangle, 4 cow bells, claves, tambourine, snare drum, claves)

Year:  1996
Duration:  12m
Instrumentation  3333; 4331; timp., 3 perc.;...

Composer:   Lyell Cresswell

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This work for full orchestra was commissioned by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. It is inspired by a quote from Comte de Salvandy, "Nous dansons sur un volcan", said just before the revolution of 1830. The composer comments, "Like many New Zealanders I was born pretty much on a fault line and see music straddling that faultline between emotion and intellect – a harmony of fantasy and logic."

Commissioned note

Commissioned by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Performance history

04 Apr 1997: Premiered by New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Janos Furst; Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington

23 Jul 2001: Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Young

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