Allan Gordon Bell, Spirit Trail

Allan Gordon Bell (b. 1953) took inspiration from Australian aborigines’ “song maps” for his Spirit Trail. This piece is a sonic journey across the prairies, the composer’s home. Contrabassoon represents the “sounds emerging from the bowels of the earth” and string harmonics are reminiscent of wind creating waves through long grass.
Doug Friesen and Alison Kenny-Gardhouse

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