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River Mountain Sky

for orchestra

Year:  2004   ·  Duration:  10m
Instrumentation:  2*2*2*2; 4231; timp., 1 perc; hp; strings | (Perc: vib., susp. cymbals, wind chimes, tam-tam, Chinese gong, 4 toms)

Year:  2004
Duration:  10m
Instrumentation  2*2*2*2; 4231; timp., 1 per...

Composer:   Maria Grenfell

Films, Audio & Samples

NZSO conducted by Hamish McKeich, 2005.

Maria Grenfell: River Mount...

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Sample: pp34-41

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Commissioned by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra to mark Tasmania's Bicentenary, 'River Mountain Sky' suggests an impression of the beautiful island that has been my home since 1998. It celebrates a landscape of rivers and mountains, painted by orange and pink skies at dawn and dusk; a landscape crowned by dramatic cloud formations that give way to quiet nights when stars sparkle across a clear clean southern sky. 'River Mountain Sky' portrays mist over the estuary, sunshine dancing off a bright blue river and cascades of rushing water, yielding to darkness and the peace of evening.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Symphony Australia for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra with financial assistance from the Australian Government through the Australian Council, its arts funding and advisory body

Dedication note

for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

Performance history

27 Nov 2004: Performed by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra cond. Richard Mills; Hobart, Tasmania

16 Nov 2005: 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 Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Richard Mills

Performed by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, cond. Richard Mills

Wellington Chamber Orchestra plays Grenfell

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