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White Ghost Dancing

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Ross Edwards

Ross Edwards

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General Info

Year: 1999 / 2019
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

There are recorded instances of Aboriginal People mistaking early Europeans in Australia for the ghosts of their ancestors, since ghosts were believed to be light coloured. As I composed White Ghost Dancing, the concept of a white ghost came to symbolize non-Indigenous Australia’s innate Aboriginality – its capacity to transform and heal itself through spiritual connectedness with the earth. I believe that music, which has enormous therapeutic properties and, for me, a close relationship with ritual – and especially dance – is destined to make an important contribution to this transformation and healing, hence the title.

Typical of my maninya (dance/chant pieces), White Ghost Dancing is a compact mosaic of unconsciously processed shapes and patterns from the natural world: fragments of birdsong, insect and frog rhythms, as well as fleeting references to other works of mine and hinted fusions of Aboriginal and Gregorian chant.

White Ghost Dancing was commissioned by Symphony Australia, with assistance from the Australia Council for the Arts, especially for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and its conductor, David Porcelijn, to whom it is dedicated. The arrangement for wind orchestra was made especially for the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Wind Orchestra and its conductor, John P. Lynch.

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