Laurence Osborn

  • Duration

    10 mins

  • Year of composition


  • Number of performers


  • First performance

    Rehana Browne, Vibe Gallery


Icthyosaur refers to an order of giant marine reptiles, which existed from the middle Triassic period through the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. Similar in physical build to the modern day porpoise, Icthyosaurs swam by rapidly oscillating their tails from side to side, and could reach speeds of up to 25 mph.

Today, the body of the Icthyosaur remains suspended, this time in air, its fossilized skeleton hanging from wires in natural history collections all over the world. The body that once bristled with power and movement now assumes a terrifying fragility and stillness.

Icthyosaur forms one half of a diptych, the other being Pteranodon for solo violoncello.

Full Scoring:

Solo Alto Flute

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