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Perelandra : for piccolo and string orchestra

by Michael Sollis (2010)

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Performance by Kiri Sollis, Anthony Smith from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 66

Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 66


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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 66 / works by Michael Sollis.

Library shelf no. CD 2733 [Available for loan]



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Perelandra : for piccolo and string orchestra, piano reduction / Michael Sollis.

Library shelf no. 788.33/SOL 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Inspired by the C.S. Lewis novel of the same name

1. The Floating Islands
…with hills and valleys, but hills and valleys which changed places every minute so that only a cinematograph could make a contour map of it. And that is the nature of the floating islands of Perelandra. (p34)

2. "Ransom" it said again...
Then all at once it was night. "Ransom ... Ransom ... Ransom ... Ransom," went on the voice. And suddenly it crossed his mind though he would some time require sleep, the Un-man might not. (pp112-113)

3. The Chase
It was a fantastic chase, in and out of the lights and shadows and up and down the slowly moving ridges and valleys. They passed the dragon where it slept. They passed the Lady, sleeping with a smile on her face. The Un-Man stooped low as it passed her with the fingers... (pp143-144)

4. Inside the Mountain
And the gods kneeled and bowed their huge bodies before the small forms of that young King and Queen. (p189)

Work Details

Year: 2010

Instrumentation: Piccolo, piano.

Duration: 18 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: Movement 1: The floating islands -- Movement 2: "Ransom," it said again... -- Movement 3: The chase -- Movement 4: Inside the mountain.

Written for: Kiri Sollis

First performance: by Griffyn Ensemble — 24 Jul 10. Belconnen Arts Centre, Canberra

The composer has submitted the following influences on this work:
CS Lewis's Perelandra, Adam and Eve, Science Fiction genre


Perelandra piccolo concerto: Movement 3


Performances of this work

7 Jun 11: Wesley Uniting Church, Canberra. Featuring Kiri Sollis, Anthony Smith.

24 Jul 10: Belconnen Arts Centre, Canberra. Featuring Griffyn Ensemble.

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