• Outi Tarkiainen
  • The Ring of Fire and Love (2020)

  • Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen (World)

Commissioned by Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

  • 1(pic)+pic.2.2(bcl).2/4.2.2+btbn.1/timp.3perc/hp.cel/str
  • 9 min
    • 21st February 2023, BBC Maida Vale Studios, London, United Kingdom
    • 16th March 2023, Sibelius Hall, Lahti, Finland
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Programme Note

The Ring of Fire is a volcanic belt that surrounds the Pacific Ocean and in which most of the world’s earthquakes occur. It is also the term referring to the bright ring of sunlight around the moon at the height of a solar eclipse, when the moon covers only the central part of the sun. Yet, the same expression is also used to describe what a woman feels when, as she gives birth, the baby’s head passes through her pelvis. That moment is the most dangerous in the baby’s life, its little skull being subjected to enormous pressure, preparing it for life in a way unlike any other. The Ring of Fire and Love is a work for orchestra about this earth-shattering, creative, cataclysmic moment they travel through together.

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