Few contemporary Australian composers have contributed as strongly to the concerto repertory as Ross Edwards (born 1943). In addition to a Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto (Maninyas), Oboe Concerto (Bird Spirit Dreaming) and Clarinet Concerto, Edwards has composed a Guitar Concerto (Arafura Dances), Shakuhachi Concerto (The Heart of Night) and a Saxophone Concerto (Full Moon Dances). Additionally, he has composed symphonies, choral music, chamber music, ballets and a chamber opera, Christina’s World. A former student of Richard Meale and assistant to Peter Sculthorpe, Edwards has forged a distinctly personal style, one that draws upon the sounds and rhythms of the natural world and the diverse music of Australia and the Pacific region. White Ghost Dancing, a CD of Edwards’ music, forms part of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s Australian Composer Series on ABC Classics. In addition to the title work, White Ghost Dancing includes the string octet Veni creator spiritus (Come, O Creator Spirit), Mountain Village in a Clearing Mist (an important early work which displays the influence of Asian music) and the Concerto for Guitar and Strings (Arafura Dances), played by guitar virtuoso Karin Schaupp.
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