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Written in Hiroshima while I was a Master's student at Elisabeth University of Music, and first performed at my graduation concert from that institution. The piece opens with the ascending four-note motif from Debussy's The Snow is Dancing from the Children's Corner suite; gradually the motif is repeated in various ranges of both instruments, followed by soft passages from firstly piano, then violin. The piece concludes with the transposed motif heard over a chordal ostinato. The piece was influenced in some way by the music of Morton Feldman, whom I was studying at the time. Published by Wai-te-ata Press Music Editions, Wellington, and released on CD in a performance by Mark Menzies and Dan Poynton, on Wai-te-ata WTA001.
Performed by Mark Menzies (violin) and Dan Poynton (piano) in the Adam Concert Room, Victoria University of Wellington, 1997