• Ross Edwards
  • Dawn Mantras (1999)

  • G Schirmer (Australia) Pty Ltd (World)

Difficulty: Medium

  • childrch + childrchchoir; 0+afl.0+ca.2.1.rec.sax.shkhchi/ddgrd/perc
  • shkhchi/perc/pf/vc
  • childrchchoir
  • Children's Chorus
  • 7 min 20 s

Programme Note

Ross Edwards composed Dawn Mantras especially for the Dawn Performance which was telecast to the world at the dawn of the new millennium from the Sydney Opera House. This work, which captivated an audience of billions, expresses hope for peace and renewal. A sequence of unforgettable images culminated in a young girl singing solo from the topmost of the building’s famous sails, accompanied by mixed choirs and a culturally diverse instrumental ensemble. The text was sourced from Latin, as well as living languages of Australia, South East Asia and the Pacific.