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The Hanging Bulb SOUNZwrite study guide


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This SOUNZwrite study guide contains:

  • Study Guide
  • Accompanying CD
  • Study score - please contact SOUNZ if you would like to purchase additional copies of the study score.

Anthony Ritchie's The Hanging Bulb was, for the composer, a rite of passage partly inspired by Philip Clairmont's paintings. A continuous movement, divided into four sections, the work incorporates repeated rhythms and passages of lyrical introspection. Hanging light bulbs have been associated with despair and obsession in the world of art and in the real world. They became a significant image to the composer at the time of writing this piece.

This revised version was adapted for study at NCEA Level 3.

Series title

SOUNZwrite education series


Publisher note

SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music Trust

Author note

Researched and written by Cheryl Camm, and revised for NCEA by Karen Carter.