Ritual Dance (from the film Altered States, 1981)
For orchestra
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see also: Three Hallucinations (from the film Altered States)

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Scored for 3 flutes (doubling piccolo), 3 oboes, 3 clarinets (doubling Eb clarinet and bass clarinet), 3 bassoons, (doubling contrabassoon), 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, 2 timpanists, percussion (5 players), harp, 2 pianos, electronic organ, and strings (minimum 12 first violins, 10 second violins, 8 violas, 8 cellos, 6 basses)

Duration  3 minutes

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Recordings
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Can be heard as a movement of Three Hallucinations, recorded by the Buffalo Philharmonic; JoAnn Faletta, conductor Naxos 8.559331 (2008)
Also recorded by the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Eri Klas, conductor Ondine ODE 1058-2 (2005)
In the original soundtrack recording, studio orchestra, Christopher Keene, conductor RCA Victor (BMG) 3983-2-RG (1981)
And in its original context in Altered States (the motion picture) Warner Home Video DVD 11076 (1998)

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Program note



Ritual Dance (based upon music written for Ken Russell's film "Altered States") begins with a shower of winds and percussion, simulating the fireworks that begin this hallucination. This momentum leads to a savage dance (in the film, the Hinchi Indians’ mushroom rite). The full-orchestral forces are augmented here by two sets of four timpani each and also by an expanded percussion section. The work ends in a burst of cumulative energy.

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                     — John Corigliano

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