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Australian composer Ross Edwards has created a unique sound world which seeks to reconnect music with elemental forces and restore such qualities as ritual, spontaneity and the impulse to dance.

Intensely aware of his vocation as a composer, he has largely followed his own path, rejecting most of the standard prerequisites for career development and depending on the music’s ability to speak for itself. Edwards considers it his responsibility to make the most effective use of one of the planet’s most potent forces to communicate vividly and widely at the highest possible artistic level.

His music, whose global significance has been acknowledged, is at the same time deeply connected to its roots in Australia. It celebrates the cultural diversity of this country and draws many of its shapes and patterns from the natural environment - notably birdsong and the mysterious drones of summer insects. Edwards’s belief in the healing power of music is reflected in a body of contemplative works inspired by the Australian landscape.

Ross Edwards’s compositions, which are performed worldwide, include symphonies, concertos, chamber and vocal music, children’s music, film scores and music for dance. Works designed for the concert hall sometimes require special lighting, movement, costume and visual accompaniment.

Recent works include the internationally acclaimed oboe concerto Bird Spirit Dreaming, commissioned for the Sydney Symphony and composed for soloist Diana Doherty, whose U.S. premiere was given in February 2005 by the New York Philharmonic, with conductor Lorin Maazel. Doherty has subsequently performed the work in many parts of the world.

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  • KraeheK

    I love the Chorale and Ecstatic Dance. If I was forced to blind-guess the composer's country of residence based on the style of that, I would've assumed a Baltic state. Odd how things are.

    27 Dec 2009 Reply
  • cintthemint

    Incredible music, absolutely beautiful.

    22 Sep 2008 Reply
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