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The Green Ray

The Green Ray

for soprano saxophone and chamber orchestra


  • Instrumentation: soprano saxophone and chamber orchestra
  • Edition: performance material

 
Description
The Green Ray is the title of a romantic novel by Jules Verne, set in the West of Scotland, in which a peculiar atmospheric phenomenon plays the key part. A "green ray" is seen at sunset in certain latitudes, and in certain coastal conditions, just as the sun touches the horizon and, for a brief moment, the orange sun emits a green ray of light. In the Verne story the simultaneous sighting of the ray will seal a couple's love, and the attempts of a young man to do this are constantly frustrated (by sudden clouds, by a yacht passing along the horizon, and so on).  Gavin Bryars
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Bournemouth Sinfonietta with funds provided by South West Arts
Performance duration: 20'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 6. Juli 1991 Swanage, St. Mary\'s Church (UK) · John Harle, soprano saxophone · Dirigent: Ivor Bolton · Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Year of composition: 1991
instrumentation: 1(pic).1.ca.1(bcl).2(cbsn)-2.flhn.1.0-perc(glsp, tub bells, 2sus cym, tam-t, b.d)-pno-str(6.5.4.3.2 minimum)
Performances
Conductor: Jason Thornton
Orchestra: Bath Philharmonia
2018-04-19 | Bath (United Kingdom), The Assembly Rooms — 19:30
Conductor: Richard Gonski
Orchestra: Exeter University Symphony Orchestra
2006-03-16 | Exeter (United Kingdom), The Great Hall, Exeter University
Conductor: Alexander Vakoulsky
Orchestra: Het Orkest
1996-06-15 | Utrecht (Netherlands), Utrecht Conservatorium
Conductor: Alexander Vakoulsky
Orchestra: Het Orkest
1996-06-14 | Utrecht (Netherlands), Utrecht Conservatorium
Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
1995-08-12 | Cardiff (United Kingdom), Coal Exchange Building
Conductor: Ivor Bolton
Orchestra: Bournemouth Sinfonietta
1991-07-06 | Swanage (United Kingdom), St. Mary\'s Church | World Premiere
Sound Clips
Bryars · The Green Ray for soprano saxophone and chamber orchestra · sound clip
Audio Stream
The Green Ray is the title of a romantic novel by Jules Verne, set in the West of Scotland, in which a peculiar atmospheric phenomenon plays the key part. A "green ray" is seen at sunset in certain latitudes, and in certain coastal conditions, just as the sun touches the horizon and, for a brief moment, the orange sun emits a green ray of light. In the Verne story the simultaneous sighting of the ray will seal a couple's love, and the attempts of a young man to do this are constantly frustrated (by sudden clouds, by a yacht passing along the horizon, and so on).  Gavin Bryars
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Bournemouth Sinfonietta with funds provided by South West Arts
Performance duration: 20'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 6. Juli 1991 Swanage, St. Mary\'s Church (UK) · John Harle, soprano saxophone · Dirigent: Ivor Bolton · Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Year of composition: 1991
instrumentation: 1(pic).1.ca.1(bcl).2(cbsn)-2.flhn.1.0-perc(glsp, tub bells, 2sus cym, tam-t, b.d)-pno-str(6.5.4.3.2 minimum)
Conductor: Jason Thornton
Orchestra: Bath Philharmonia
2018-04-19 | Bath (United Kingdom), The Assembly Rooms — 19:30
Conductor: Richard Gonski
Orchestra: Exeter University Symphony Orchestra
2006-03-16 | Exeter (United Kingdom), The Great Hall, Exeter University
Conductor: Alexander Vakoulsky
Orchestra: Het Orkest
1996-06-15 | Utrecht (Netherlands), Utrecht Conservatorium
Conductor: Alexander Vakoulsky
Orchestra: Het Orkest
1996-06-14 | Utrecht (Netherlands), Utrecht Conservatorium
Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
1995-08-12 | Cardiff (United Kingdom), Coal Exchange Building
Conductor: Ivor Bolton
Orchestra: Bournemouth Sinfonietta
1991-07-06 | Swanage (United Kingdom), St. Mary\'s Church | World Premiere
Bryars · The Green Ray for soprano saxophone and chamber orchestra · sound clip
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