Sheet Music: Score
White ghost dancing : for orchestra / Ross Edwards
by Ross Edwards (1999)
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 symbolise 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.
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (69p. -- A3 (portrait))
Difficulty: Medium — Advanced student or professional.
Duration: 7 mins, 30 sec.
Dedicated to David Porcelijn
Includes program note.
This edition produced 2007.
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Analysis & Media
- Document: Composer profile – Ross Edwards, A Natural Way
- Program note: Ross Edwards' "White ghost dancing"
by Ross Edwards
Source: the score of this work
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