Aurora Australis, the southern hemisphere’s equivalent to the famous Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), is a descriptive work portraying the colourful night sky light display visible from high southern latitudes in Antarctica, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, and Australia.
The work depicts this wonderful glowing sky phenomenon as it subtly grows from nothing into a large energetic geomagnetic storm, emitting contrasting shapes and colours in the night sky, before gently fading away as the night comes to an end.
Grade Level: 4
Listen to Recording
Performance by the Royal Australian Navy Band on the CD Spirit of Place, conductor Lieutenant Commander Steven Stanke. This recording and others from the CD can be heard at: http://www.navy.gov.au/about/our-people/navy-band/spirit-place
Performed by St Olaf Band, St Olaf College Minnesota
Directed by Dr Timothy Maher, conducted by Matt Klohs.
Alto Saxophone 1
Alto Saxophone 2
F Horn 1
F Horn 2
F Horn 3
F Horn 4
Mallets [Xylophone, Vibraphone]
Percussion 1 [Suspended Cymbal, China Cymbal, Tom]
Percussion 2 [Wind Chimes, Snare, Glockenspiel]
Percussion 3 [Tam-Tam, Bass Drum, Triangle]