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Heiligenschein literally means ‘holy shine’ but it also means “aureola” in German. This word represents a halo-like optical illusion in which a diffuse white ring
surrounds around the observer’s shadow. This phenomenon is musically portrayed by the rotation of pitches within the two hexachords in the piece, hence representing a halo.
The piece mainly explores the timbre and color of the harp and some percussion instruments as a way to represent not only shadows and shining, but also the spirituality and mysticism encompassed in the word.
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