Ariel fragments
for female or treble choir (SSSAAA) and electroacoustic soundscape

James Harley
James Harley
Composition Date: 2007
Duration: 00:16:45
Genre: Choral (9 + Voices), With Electronics


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Tape
  • 1 x Women's chorus
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Programme Note:
Ariel Fragments (2007) is written for female or treble voices, divided into three choirs, and a multi-channel electroacoustic soundscape. The piece presents primarily nonlinear fragments of text taken from the character of Ariel in William Shakespeare's The Tempest. Musical references associated with Ariel in the play are represented by fragments of solo lyra viol recording by Mary Cyr, performing music by Alfonso Ferrabosco, a Renaissance composer active around the time of Shakespeare. Other references to natural phenomena in The Tempest are fancifully represented by the electroacoustic sounds that surround the listeners.

Ariel Fragments was premiered on 15 March 2007 by the University of Guelph Women's Chamber Choir, conducted by Marta McCarthy.


  • Call Number:
  • MV 6800 H285ar
  • Genre:
  • Choral (9 + Voices), With Electronics
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • May 25, 2007
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score ((4), 20 p.) ;
    24 Pages
    Height: 36 cm
  • Language Information
  • Language of libretto: English
  • Additional Information:
  • The singers are grouped into three SA choirs, and should be separated as possible, I - II - III, from stage left to right.

    The electroacoustic soundscape may be presented in two-channel, four-channel, or eight-channel versions. The two-channel version can be played back from a CD; the other versions require playback from a a computer containing appropriate audio software along with the necessary sound equipment. A technician-musician is required for performance. Contact the composer ( for further information about the technical requirements.

    It might be necessary to amplify the singers in order to balance the voices with the electroacoustic sounds, particularly in a large hall. If this is done, the three groups should be amplified separately and mixed to preserve their spatial distance. the sound of the voices should remain as natural as possible.
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