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The Angle of Reflection

a dramatic orchestral song for soprano and orchestra

Year:  2008   ·  Duration:  13m
Instrumentation:  soprano solo, 3*3*3*3*; 4331; timp., perc.; hp; strings percussion: b.d., cym., sus., t-tam, tamb., tri., rtch, glock, vibes, mar., xylo,

Year:  2008
Duration:  13m
Instrumentation  soprano solo, 3*3*3*3*; 433...

Composer:   Anthony Young

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The Angle of Reflection is about a mother's unenviable task of describing light to her blind child. Sabryn, the mother, tries many avenues to somehow prepare herself for this enormous task she will undergo when her son, Evan, is older enough. At the moment, he is still a baby and the piece is shaped like a one-way conversation.

The original inspiration was for a story from light itself. What would light say to us? With Leanna's considerable skill at character and conflict, she found the humanity from this very esoteric brief and created a very human drama.

Commissioned note

Written as part of the APO Composers' Workshop 2008.

Contents note

one movement, with 4 dramatic sections as marked in the libretto

Text note

Libretto was commissioned by the composer from Leanna Brodie, a Canadian playwright in Toronto

Performance history

04 Apr 2009: APO Opera Half Dozen

17 Nov 2009: RNZ Concert: APO's Opera Half Dozen
Featuring: Radio New Zealand Concert