Ecstatic dances : for string quartet
by Ross Edwards (1990, this version: 1993)
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In 1979 I contributed a flute duo to a garland of miniatures by Australian composers in celebration of Peter Sculthorpe's 50th birthday. A revised and expanded version of this duo was incorporated into Ecstatic Dances (1990), which I composed for the flautist Geoffrey Collins.
Ecstatic Dance has special significance for me as the earliest manifestation of my so-called maninya style, the extrovert antithesis of the contemplative music I had been writing in the 1970s. Radiant and insistently melodic to befit its celebratory function, it exists today in many different arrangements, including several for string duo, and as the finale of Chorale and Ecstatic Dance for string quartet, string orchestra and full orchestra. In 2013 I made a special orchestral version for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra to record in volume 13 of the Hush collection, a series of CDs put out by the Hush Music Foundation, whose purpose is to produce music designed to help children and parents through stressful medical procedures. Sales of the CD also help raise money for Australian Children's Hospitals.
Year: 1990, this version: 1993
Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.
Duration: 12 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Professional or advanced student ensemble.
Second movement of Enyato I.
Program note: Ross Edwards' "Ecstatic Dance"
by Ross Edwards
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Resonate article: Narrating the Early Music of Ross Edwards by Andrew Robbie
Performances of this work
11 Aug 2018: at Bangalow Festival: Concert 5 - Odyssey (Bangalow A&I Hall).
24 May 2017: at Goldner Quartet (The Independent Theatre).
5 Mar 2014: at Kelemen Quartet (Llewellyn Hall ANU School of Music).
3 Mar 2014: at Kelemen Quartet (Adelaide Town Hall).
1 Mar 2014: at Kelemen Quartet (Melbourne Recital Centre).
27 Feb 2014: at Kelemen Quartet (Ian Hanger Recital Hall).
25 Feb 2014: at Kelemen Quartet (Melbourne Recital Centre).
24 Feb 2014: at Kelemen Quartet (City Recital Hall).
1 Jun 2009: at Big MAC: Get your fill of new music (Ian Hanger Recital Hall).
31 Jan 93: Concert/broadcast at Radio 2MBS-FM, Sydney. Featuring Geoffrey Collins.
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