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Spirit visions : for orchestra featuring marimba

by Margaret Brandman (2002, this version: 2019)

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From the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 107.

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Work Overview

Spirit Visions was composed after a professional meeting in 2002 between the composer, Margaret Brandman and Sydney organist and clairvoyant Robert Goode who was performing at Sydney Town Hall at the time and for whom Margaret had done a musical arrangement.

This expansive melody harmonised with resonant chords was originally inspired by the tone colours of the magnificent Sydney Town Hall organ, on which Robert Goode regularly performed, and upon which, Margaret, through this fortuitous meeting, was given an opportunity to improvise, thereby channelling the inspiration for this piece. By arranging the work for two pianos, Margaret was able to create a fuller sound replicating the sounds of the organ.

Beginning with the maestoso theme in a major key underpinned by organ pedal notes, several variations in mood are created by changes in the treatment of the theme. Textural and harmonic changes in addition to changes of key, tempo and rhythmic feel, create a dynamic listening experience.

The momentum builds as the lively Latin-American segments take hold, before the restatement of the original majestic theme in the tonic major key and the final joyous, uplifting ending.

Work Details

Year: 2002, this version: 2019

Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons, 4 horns in F, 2 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, glockenspiel, solo marimba, strings.

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Changing time signatures, Latin American rhthyms

This orchestral setting was begun in late 2018 and completed in February 2019. The expanded orchestral version includes additional melodic material adding to the richness of the sound.

Winner of Best Foreign Composition at the 2021 Artemis Film Festival Awards, Los Angeles USA


Performances of this work

17 Feb 19.

23 Aug 2014: at Rhapsodies to Rhumbas (Zenith Theatre Chatswood).

9 Nov 2013: at Margaret Brandman: Rhapsodies to Rhumbas (Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre).

17 Dec 2009: at Christmas Concert (Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre). Featuring Jenny Hammond, Frank O'Brien.

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