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Phantasmagoria

for orchestra

Year:  2010   ·  Duration:  10m
Instrumentation:  2(1/p.2/p) 2 3(efcl.2.3) 3(1.2.cbn) | 4 3 3 1 | timp+2 | str

Year:  2010
Duration:  10m
Instrumentation  2(1/p.2/p) 2 3(efcl.2.3) 3(...

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Sample Score

Sample: pages 1 - 4 and 16 - 19

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About

“Phantasmagoria” was a pre-cinema projection show that gained great popularity in the 19th Century. In a darkened theatre, all manner of lighting, shadows and other ingenious special effects were used to project gruesome images of skeletons and ghouls that cavorted around the spectators, both amazing and horrifying them.

Most of the thematic material of the work is based on an extract from John Dowland’s "Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares". At the beginning, the theme is played through over ghostly textures by a group of string players, similar to how it would have been originally heard. From there, the theme begins twisting into grotesque new shapes. A series of these surreal vignettes are passed around through the orchestra, slowly but surely piling up into an inexorable scream.


Performance history

03 Jul 2010: Performed by the Auckland Youth Orchestra and conducted by Peter Thomas, at the War Memorial Hall, in Katikati

04 Jul 2010: Performed by the Auckland Youth Orchestra and conducted by Peter Thomas, at the Cambridge Town Hall, in Cambridge

08 Jul 2010: Performed by the Auckland Youth Orchestra and conducted by Peter Thomas, at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, in Auckland

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