The Green Ray

Gavin Bryars (1943)

The Green Ray 1991

1212 - 2110 - perc(1) - pno - strings (65432 min)
Duration 
20
Genre 
Publisher 

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

Performances 
6.7.91 St Mary's Church, Swanage: John Harle / Bournemouth Sinfonietta / Ivor Bolton
12.8.95 Coal Exchange Building, Cardiff: John Harle / BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Martyn Brabbins
14/5.6.96 Utrecht, Netherlands: Arno Bornkamp / Hague Philharmonic Orchestra / Alexander Vakoulsky
16.3.06 Exeter University: Tom Martin / Exeter University Symphony Orchestra / Richard Gonski
1
Flute
doubling piccolo
2
Oboe
2nd cor anglais
1
Clarinet
doubling bass clarinet
2
Bassoon
doubling contrabassoon
2
Horn
1
Trumpet
flugel horn
1
Trombone
1
Percussion
glockenspiel, tubular bells, 2 suspended cymbals, tam-tam, bass drum
6
Violin
5
Violin II
4
Viola
3
Cello
2
Double bass
1
Piano
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