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In January 1998 Gareth Farr was commissioned by the James Wallace Chariable Trust to write this piano trio for the Ogen Trio, a leading NZ ensemble. Taking its sub-title Ahi from the Maori word for “fire”, it received its debut performance in Auckland, NZ in March 1998 in the presence of the composer. The style of the work varies in each of the four movements: the flavour of a French lullaby predominates in the first; an intense and unrelenting second movement harbours overtones of a Russian military factory; whilst a Balinese pop-inspired fourth movement contains numerous gamelan-like effects. The brief third movement is merely a quiet interlude, with a melodic reference to the first movement. The composition stands in stark contrast to Farr’s previous works. He has experimented with stripping away the density characteristic of past compositions in favour of clearer textures, exploring classical form, and allowing a simplicity of line to come through and speak for itself.
Commissioned by the James Wallace Arts Trust for the Ogen Trio
Has previously been performed in the Schools' Chamber Music Contest.
I. Semplice ma espressivo
31 Aug 2007: Kungsbacka Trio: Christchurch
01 Sep 2007: Kungsbacka Trio: Dunedin
03 Sep 2007: Kungsbacka Trio: Napier
04 Sep 2007: Kungsbacka Trio: Hamilton
06 Sep 2007: Kungsbacka Trio: Auckland
07 Sep 2007: Kungsbacka Trio: Wellington
12 Apr 2008: Fire and Water
13 Apr 2008: Fire and Water 1
20 Apr 2008: Fire and Water 2
23 Apr 2008: Fire and Water 3
08 Feb 2013: Adam Chamber Music Festival - Cafe Music
Performed by the Ogen Trio
Performed by the Ogen Trio - Katherine Austin, Dimitri Atanassov, and James Tennant
Performed by the NZTrio
Movements 2, 3 and 4 performed by Jessie Li (violin) Cecilia Xu (cello) and David Liao (piano) At the 2010 NZ Secondary Schools Chamber Music Competition, Auckland Concert Chamber