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Blue Work


for orchestra

Year:  1998   ·  Duration:  7m
Instrumentation:  3*220; 4331; timp.,1 perc.; strs

Year:  1998
Duration:  7m
Instrumentation  3*220; 4331; timp.,1 perc.;...

Composer:   John Psathas

Films, Audio & Samples

John Psathas: Luminous; video

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Sample Audio

Sample: 2:22 - 3:22

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Luminous was one of the ‘Century Fanfares’ commissioned by the Auckland Philharmonia from ten New Zealand composers in 1998. The composer writes: ‘When I was invited to write a fanfare for the new millennium I inevitably found myself considering the last one thousand years. For me, the single most striking feature of human history during the last millennium has been the increase in travel and the settling in foreign lands of smaller and smaller groups. In the distant past, an entire race of people would slowly traverse one continent. Today, an individual, in the space of a few days, is able to completely uproot from their homeland and settle in a country on the other side of the world.

A friend of mine, Pan, moved to New Zealand from China. For her, the pressure to integrate two very different sets of beliefs proved ultimately overwhelming. This work is dedicated to her memory.’

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in 1998 as part of their Millennium Fanfare Series

Dedication note

To the memory of Pan, a friend of the composer

Contents note

one movement

Performance history

20 May 1999: Performed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Edvard Tchivzhel

21 Jan 2007: Finale Concerts

26 May 2009: Composer of the Week: John Psathas: Tuesday
Featuring: Radio New Zealand Concert

28 Jun 2009: Wellington Chamber Orchestra concert

05 Mar 2010: CSO: Gift of Dreams

29 Sep 2011: In Remembrance - facing conflicts through music

29 Apr 2012: VWO - Missa Solemnis

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