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Blue Work

Low Tide Aramoana

for mezzo, SATB large choir and brass

Year:  1982   ·  Duration:  23m
Instrumentation:  3 trumpets 2 trombones, timpani

Year:  1982
Duration:  23m
Instrumentation  3 trumpets 2 trombones, tim...

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Sample Score

Sample: Pages 1-8

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Low Tide - Aramoana is a setting of a poem by Cilla McQueen, and is used with her kind permission. The piece, written for large choir and a small brass ensemble, is an evocation of an estuary at the turn of the tide. Although the poem itself describes Aramoana at the mouth of Otago harbour (significant at the time because of the threat of the aluminium smelter that, because of the strength of local protest, was in fact not built), for the composer it was the estuary where the Ruakaka river meets the sea south of Whangarei that was significant.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Auckland Choral Society

Contents note

One long movement

Text note

Text: Cilla McQueen