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Aquae Sulis

for orchestra of winds, strings, harp and percussion

Year:  2013   ·  Duration:  15m
Instrumentation:  piccolo, alto flute/flute, 2 oboes, clarinet in Bb, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, harp, vibraphone, strings.

Year:  2013
Duration:  15m
Instrumentation  piccolo, alto flute/flute, ...

Composer:   Leonie Holmes

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The worship of the Celtic Goddess Sulis and the Roman Goddess Minerva gave rise to the cult of Sul-Minerva at the ancient springs situated in Southwest England. A visit to the site summons up a variety of underground imaginings – dark, steaming pools, slowly dripping water and faster running streams, ancient supplications, sacrifice, curses and prayers, fertility and healing.

Difficulty note

Advanced or professional orchestra

Contents note

Single movement

Performance history

30 May 2013: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Tecwyn Evans (conductor). Recorded by RNZ Concert as part of the 2013 NZSO-RNZ Concert-SOUNZ Recordings.

Performed by The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Alto flute solo by Bridget Douglas, viola and cello duet by Julia Joyce and Andrew Joyce. Conducted by Marc Taddei.