Poison wind
for harp and percussion [revised 2005]

Jeffrey Ryan
Composer
Jeffrey Ryan
Composition Date: 1999
Revision Date: 2005
Duration: 00:11:15
Genre: Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1 to 9 Performers), Duos, , Keyboard(s) / Plectral String(s)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Percussion
  • 1 x Harp
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Programme Note:
The Arabic word simoom translates as “poison wind” and is the name given to a small local wind in Arabia and the Sahara. This wind is so hot (up to 55°C) and dry (with less than 10% humidity) that it has a tendency to cause heatstroke. Today, though, the high levels of urban air pollution have created another kind of “poison wind,” affecting both local environments and the global ecosystem.
This work for harp and percussion finds its inspiration in the power of nature to fight back as the Earth struggles to balance and repair itself. It is in three connected movements. After a majesterial opening, the first movement looks to the simoom in its evocation of the swirling, rising winds. The second movement is more spacious, becoming more introspective and contemplative. The third movement brings the music to our modern industrial times with vigorous drumming, propulsive energy and driving rhythms.
Poison Wind was written for the Gemmell/Wassmansdorf Duo and was produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.

Premiere Information:
05/04/2000 Glenn Gould Studio Toronto, ON Erica Goodman, hp; Beverley Johnston, perc; concert

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 8204 R988po
  • Genre:
  • Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1 to 9 Performers), Duos, , Keyboard(s) / Plectral String(s)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • August 10, 2009
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (23 p.) ;
    23 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:

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