Chanting the Light of Foresight (1987), Terry Riley

Chanting the Light of Foresight (1987), Terry Riley

The Cattle Raid of Cooley is a central part of the eighth-century Ulster cycle of heroic tales and is Ireland's nearest approach to a great epic. It tells the story of a giant cattle-raid, the invasion of Ulster by the armies of Medb and Ailill, queen and king of Connacht, and their allies, seeking to carry off the great Brown Bull of Cuailnge (Cooley). Chanting the Light of Foresight is based on this legend and was written in 1987 for the Rova saxophone quartet. Read more »

Riley, Terry

1935 —

Born in 1935 in Northern California, TERRY RILEY launched what is now known as the Minimalist movement with his revolutionary classic In C in 1964. This seminal work provided the conception for a form comprised of interlocking repetitive patterns that was to change the course of 20th century music. In the 1960's and 1970's he turned his attention to solo works for electronic keyboards and soprano saxophone, and pioneered the use of various kinds of tape delay in live performance. Read more »

Chanting the Light of Foresight (1987), Terry Riley

Genre: 
Sax Quartets 1978 - Present
Composer: 
Riley
Composer First Names: 
Terry
Composition Date: 
1987
Composed for the ASQ: 
Sound Samples
Movement: 
The Tuning Path - The Pipes of Medb
Movement: 
Song Announcing Dawn's Combat
Movement: 
Chanting the Light of Foresight
Movement: 
Ferdia's Death Chant
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