Laurence Osborn

  • Duration

    7 mins

  • Year of composition


  • Number of performers


  • First performance

    Michael Petrov, Ulverston Music Festival


Pteranodon was a winged reptile which existed during the late Cretaceous period (c. 80-65 mya). It is believed to have flown much in the way of the modern-day albatross, by means of dynamic soaring, exploiting contrasts in wind speed near the surface of the ocean in order to stay aloft without flapping its wings.

Today, the body of Pteranodon remains suspended 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.

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

Full Scoring:

Solo Violoncello

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