Devil’s Golf Course

Performers: Composer – Wayne Siegel, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Singcircle, Conductor – Gregory Rose

Label: Marco Polo

Release date: June 1997



  • Devil’s Golf Course
  • Eclipse

The title refers to an area formed by several dry lakes in Death Valley, California, where temperatures reach 140˚F in the summer. The area called Devil’s Golf Course consists of 95% pure salt about 1000 feet thick, spanning an area of 200 square miles. The music was inspired by the composer’s experience in this place, where the heat and light reflected by the salt are even more overwhelming than the enormous heat and blinding light that beats down from the sky, and where all of one’s senses are overloaded by the oven-like heat and the sound of one’s own footsteps crunching on the strange salt formations that reach into infinity in all directions.

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