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This work borrows ideas from the Cook Islands where I spent 6 months in 1988. I studied the traditional music and instruments and have been greatly influenced ever since. arc of the sun is in three sections (dawn/day/dusk) featuring some Cook Island musical ideas and characteristics – a fusion of their exciting instrumental drum dance and vibrant polyphonic vocal music.
As a work for wind orchestra, arc of the sun was first performed in 1997.
Commissioned by Peter Thomas, HOD Music, Selwyn College, conductor of the Auckland Wind Orchestra and the North Shore Youth Orchestra
First performed in 1999 by the North Shore Youth Orchestra, conducted by Peter Thomas at Carmel College Hall, Auckland