Dawn Mantras (1999)

Dawn Mantras (1999)

Ross Edwards

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.

The composer has recently devised a new range of performance possibilities for this iconic work and the material is now available for hire from Hal Leonard Australia.


Recorded by the Sydney Children’s Choir, Cantillation, Jane Sheldon, Lyn Williams, Brian Nixon, Ian Cleworth, Jim Franklin, Matthew Doyle and Rixon Thomas.

On the CD Life is Beautiful, Volume 1
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On the CD The Joy of Being – Guided Meditations and Music with the Lifeflow Meditation Centre and Ross Edwards
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On the CD Legends & Dreams
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On the CD Eternity – The Timeless Music of Australia’s Composers

On the CD Kalkadunga Yurdu
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Available through the Australian Music Centre
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