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The Sleep of Reason....

for chamber sextet

Year:  2007   ·  Duration:  10m
Instrumentation:  piccolo/flute/alto flute, E flat clarinet, bass clarinet, bass trombone, cello, double bass

Year:  2007
Duration:  10m
Instrumentation  piccolo/flute/alto flute, E...

Ross Harris

Composer:   Ross Harris

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Elizabeth Kerr talks to Ros...

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Ross Harris introduces The ...

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Ross Harris: The Sleep of R...

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Sample Score

Sample: Pages 1-4, 47-50

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The Sleep of Reason takes its name from a print by Goya. While the resonances of the full quotation from Goya - "The sleep of reason brings forth monsters" - might be seen to have wide ranging political and religious implications today, one could just ask the question - is this a piece of music conceived and articulated without reason? and if so - is it a monster?

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Commissioned by 175 East with funding from Creative New Zealand