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Mata-au

for solo clarinet

Year:  2010   ·  Duration:  12m

Year:  2010
Duration:  12m

Films, Audio & Samples

Gillian Whitehead: Mata-au;...

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Gillian Whitehead: Mata-au;...

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Sample Score

Sample: pages 1-2

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Borrow/Hire:

To borrow or hire parts please email SOUNZ directly at info@sounz.org.nz. Please note that only library members in New Zealand and Australia can borrow or hire parts.

About

Mata-au is the original name of the Clutha river, which I see from my window in the Henderson house, built by the Austrian architect Ernst Plischke where, courtesy of the Henderson Arts Trust, I was artist-in-residence. Mata-au refers to the river's characteristic whirlpools, caused by layered currents flowing at different speeds, which resemble the wake of a giant waka, and the piece has its origins in Māori chant.

Gillian Whitehead


Commissioned note

Commissioned by Robert Carew for clarinetist Anna McGregor


Dedication note

Dedicated to Scilla Askew in recognition of her work for New Zealand music


Contents note

single movement


Performance history

16 Mar 2010: New Zealand Music for Woodwinds

07 Apr 2010: NZ Music for Woodwinds: Auckland

05 May 2011: Performed by Anna McGregor at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm

06 Jul 2011: Performed by Debbie Rawson (clarinet) at the 2011 Australian Clarinet and Saxophone Festival

26 Jul 2014: Performed by Marcus Norman at the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte di Montepulciano, in Italy.