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Lyell Cresswell (b. 1944)

Dancing on a Volcano (1996)

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/Janos Furst
Recorded by Radio New Zealand Concert
11 April 1997

Lyell CresswellDancing on a Volcano

This work for full orchestra was commissioned by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. It is inspired by a quote from Comte de Salvandy, “Nous dansons sur un volcan”, said just before the revolution of 1830. The composer comments, “Like many New Zealanders I was born pretty much on a fault line and see music straddling that faultline between emotion and intellect – a harmony of fantasy and logic.”