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The title refers to the 25th Variation of the Goldberg Variations by J. S. Bach. When I heard the New Zealand String Quartet perform the Goldberg Variations during their Bach and Mendelssohn series in 2007, I had a strong desire to pay my respects to the beauty and richness of the music and to write another work for the wonderful New Zealand String Quartet. I set about doing this by taking the music of the 25th Variation and using it as the basis of a single movement for string quartet. The work begins with canonic additions to the original and evolves from there.
Variation 25 was written while I was the Jack Richards/Creative New Zealand Composer in Residence at the New Zealand School of Music in 2008.
Written while the composer was in residence at the New Zealand School of Music 2007-8
06 Feb 2009: Fandango
03 Jun 2009: NZSQ June 2009
27 Jul 2009: NZSQ in Canada
13 Nov 2009: NZSQ: ... Cultural Property
20 May 2012: Performed by the New Zealand String Quartet at the 2012 Canberra International Music Festival, in Australia.
22 May 2015: Chamber Music New Zealand | A Residency in Auckland
08 Jul 2015: New Zealand String Quartet | City of London Festival
Performed by New Zealand String Quartet
Performed by the New Zealand String Quartet at Adam Concert Room, Victoria University, Wellington, in November, 2009