SPIRIT VISIONS for Orchestra

Spirit Visions For Orchestral

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Spirit Visions was composed after a professional meeting in 2002 between the composer, Margaret Brandman and Sydney organist and clairvoyant Robert Goode who was performing at Sydney Town Hall at the time and for whom Margaret had done a musical arrangement.

This expansive melody harmonised with resonant chords was originally inspired by the tone colours of the magnificent Sydney Town Hall organ, on which Robert Goode regularly performed, and upon which, Margaret, through this fortuitous meeting, was given an opportunity to improvise, thereby channelling the inspiration for this piece. By arranging the work for two pianos, Margaret was able to create a fuller sound replicating the sounds of the organ.

Beginning with the ‘maestoso’ theme in a major key underpinned by organ pedal notes, several variations in mood are created by changes in the treatment of the theme. Textural and harmonic changes in addition to changes of key, tempo and rhythmic feel, create a dynamic listening experience.

The momentum builds as the lively Latin-American segments take hold, before the restatement of the original majestic theme in the tonic major key and the final joyous, uplifting ending.

Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons, 4 horns in F, 2 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, glockenspiel, solo marimba, strings.

ISMN: 979 0 720179 93 3

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POLARITIES VOL. 2, is an album of fresh contemporary classical music containing works that explore emotions, sensations, and scenes revolving around opposing forces. Australian composer Margaret Brandman’s magnificent award-winning Symphonic Tone Poem SPIRIT VISIONS with its rousing theme, is the opening track on this multi-composer album on the Navona Label (nv6353).

“Sydney-based composer Margaret Brandman features on this international label with her Spirit Visions (Symphonic Tone Poem) composed in 2019 and recorded by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Pavel Šnajdr. With a distinctive Hollywood flavour incorporating a Latin American flair, this work won for Ms Brandman the Best Foreign Composition in the Artemis Women in Action Film Festival in Los Angeles (2021). It was described as a “classical composition that shifts in tonality, tempo, and rhythmic feel, often referencing the musical sounds of Latin American cultures”. The orchestration and melodic development shows a very deft hand at this large ensemble genre, with its conversational elements between the strings and the woodwind/brass.Margaret Brandman has made a real impact in this style of composition and through recordings and performances has secured an international following”

Barry Walmsley – Music Education and Performing Arts Consultant. MTA NSW Studio Magazine November 2021