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Blue Work

The Third Dream

for full orchestra

Year:  1999   ·  Duration:  10m
Instrumentation:  3333; 4231; timpani, three percussion players: vibes, 3 tam tams, 3 suspended cymbals, 3 triangles, 5 woodblocks, maracas, bamboo chimes, metal chimes, bass drum, 5 toms, bongos, whip, large guiro, cabassa, thunder sheet with pickup microphone connected to a portable amplifier; harp; strings

Year:  1999
Duration:  10m
Instrumentation  3333; 4231; timpani, three ...

Dorothy Ker

Composer:   Dorothy Ker


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'The Third Dream' is the one of a series of works exploring the nature of memory and dreams. In this piece, the 'dreamer' is the earth itself, recalling an episode in its own history. Emerging from the primordia of a barely audible heartbeat, to which it ultimately returns, the work draws on the full resources of the symphony orchestra to build organically from delicate stirrings to a physicality of volcanic intensity. 'The Third Dream' has been recorded by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for Radio New Zealand.

Performance history

23 Jan 2003: Performed in a rehearsed reading by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hamish McKeich as part of the NZSO-SOUNZ Readings

17 Feb 2006: 2006 NZSO-SOUNZ Readings 1