Music of Another Present Era: The Cosmic Circle Dance

Paul Dolden

  • Year of composition: 2016
  • Duration: 10:38
  • Commission: Maison des arts sonores, with support from the CCA
  • ISWC: T9206370390


ISRC CAD501710019

  • 96 kHz, 24 bits

The dance rhythms began in the previous section continue, with an escalation to a frenzied conclusion.

The Cosmic Circle Dance is depicted in countless Indian paintings and wall hangings. These images, taking place in the forest at night, depict the Krishna enjoying the company of the cowherd girls in a circle dance. The dancers are arranged alternately in the great circle, with Krishna’s multi-forms present between each girl. The event provides the perfect symbol for the dance of life, in which the soul is eternally entwined with its lover, the supreme soul.


The Cosmic Circle Dance — 5th movement of Music of Another Present Era — was realized in 2016 at the composer’s studio in Val-Morin (Québec) and premiered on June 3, 2016 during the Klang! électroacoustique 2016 festival in Salle Molière of the Opéra comédie in Montpellier (France). The piece was commissioned by Maison des arts sonores, with support from the CCA.


  • June 3, 2016, Klang! électroacoustique 2016: Concert 3: From the Cities of Saints, Salle Molière — Opéra Comédie, Montpellier (Hérault, France)