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Matairangi - 1 for cello and piano is in one movement with two sections: the first is more percussive and energetic, while the second is more melodic. It was partly inspired by the changing and contrasting moods of sea, wind and sky that shape Wellington's hilly and exposed environment. The title, combining two Maori words, 'Matai' meaning 'sea' and 'Rangi' meaning 'sky', is an original name for one of Wellington's more prominent hills, Mount Victoria.
Matairangi - 1 was commissioned by Chamber Music New Zealand for James Bush and Sarah Watkins to premiere in 1996, and the funds for the commission were provided by Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.
Commissioned by Chamber Music New Zealand for James Bush and Sarah Watkins with funding from Creative New Zealand
Dedicated to Joan Henderson, Helen Fisher's cousin.
09 May 1996: Performed by James Bush (cello), Sarah Watkins (piano); Chamber Music New Zealand, Gore
Performed by James Bush (cello) and Sarah Watkins (piano)