Fata Morgana
for flute, viola and harp

Jeffrey Ryan
Composer
Jeffrey Ryan
Composition Date: 1998
Revision Date: 1998
Duration: 00:15:30
Genre: Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1 to 9 Performers), Trios, Woodwind(s), Plectral String(s) / Bowed String(s)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Flute
  • 1 x Harp
  • 1 x Viola
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Programme Note:
The term Fata Morgana has a double meaning. First, it is the Latin name of Morgan le Fay, half-sister to King Arthur, and the Arthurian version of Morrighan, the Celtic goddess of death and war. She is associated with visions, seduction and enticement, and while many of the legends depict her determination to defeat and kill Arthur and to destroy all that he loved, others focus on her gifts of magic and healing. Second, Fata Morgana is the name given to an unusual double mirage that has appeared over the Strait of Messina in Italy, where Morgan's secret underwater crystal palace is reputed to be. The mirage is created when sudden changes in air density with height cause light waves to be bent. These distorted visions have appeared as boats, buildings and people suspended over the water.
This trio for flute, viola and harp finds its inspiration in both of these meanings. The music is alternately angry, ferocious and aggressive, then sultry and seductive. A gently rocking and enticing middle section turns to music that is more transparent and spacious, with many "bent" pitches, which is eventually transformed into a whirling death-dance.

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 8316 R988fat
  • Genre:
  • Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1 to 9 Performers), Trios, Woodwind(s), Plectral String(s) / Bowed String(s)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • March 8, 2000
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (52 p.) ; 22 x 28 cm.
    52 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Parts page count: 26
    2 parts ([26] p.) ;
    Height: 36 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • For flute, viola and harp.
    Photocopy; master copy of score and parts in CMC Toronto.
    Duration: ca. 15:30
    Premiere: Jan. 23, 1999, Eastminster United Chirch, Toronto; Carol Ann Savage, flute, Anthony Rapoport, viola, Lori Gemmell, harp.
    Commissioned by Music Umbrella through the Ontario Arts Council.
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