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Year:  1997   ·  Duration:  15m
Instrumentation:  2*3*22; 4231; timp., 2 perc; hp; strings | (Perc: glock., vib., ratchet, triangle, xylophone, susp. cymbal, side drum)

Year:  1997
Duration:  15m
Instrumentation  2*3*22; 4231; timp., 2 perc...

Composer:   Leonie Holmes

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Performed by Auckland Philharmonia, conducted by Enrique Diemecke, recorded 3 September 1998.

Leonie Holmes: Solstice - A...

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Solstice was written at the time of the Winter Solstice, and my thoughts were of the cold earth, and the rituals that have been performed through the ages to encourage the coming of sunrise, warmth, light and rebirth. The cor anglais is prominent throughout, as a kind of “steady voice”, while the various moods of the piece fluctuate around it. I also found myself remembering childhood landscapes, especially images of the sea, and these two ideas become entangled, so that in fact the piece cannot be seen as programmatic to any great degree. Both Solstice and Elegy were written during my year as Composer-in-Residence with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in 1997.

Commissioned note

Originally composed when Composer in Residence with the APO in 1997, revised 2013.

Difficulty note

Suitable for Professional or semi-professional orchestra

Dedication note

Dedicated to the composer's father, Noel Holmes

Performance history

03 Sep 1998: Performed by the Auckland Philharmonia cond. Enrique Diemecke; Auckland Town Hall

02 Oct 2001: Performed in a rehearsed reading by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hamish McKeich as part of the NZSO-SOUNZ Readings

Performed by The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Cor anglais solo by Madeline Sakofsky. Conducted by Marc Taddei.

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