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The six preludes were conceived as solo pieces for each of the six instruments of the ensemble, with the accompaniment being little more than a faint shadow cast by the solo player. By contrast the postlude requires each player to relinquish their individuality and be absorbed by the ensemble, forming a dense and ever changing kaleidoscope of sound. In spite of the apparent contrasts between all seven movements they are, at a level beneath the surface, all manifestations of the same basic material and represent seven possible outcomes of the same process of growth.
Commissioned by Chamber Music New Zealand with assistance from Creative New Zealand. Written during the composer's tenure as Composer-in-Residence at Chamber Music New Zealand.
Dedicated to John Rimmer with thanks for his patient guidance and encouragement
Seven movements - the preludes take the form of a solo for each instrument in turn with minimal accompaniment