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Written while I was studying in Osaka on a Japanese Government scholarship before undertaking my main period of study in Hiroshima; an ode to the sakura (cherry-blossom) so beloved by the people of Japan. The triadic harmonies played by the three violas are interspersed with solo passages on alto flute; their forces later unite in a chorale (choreographed by a Noh dancer?) before a brief coda closes the work.
First performed at Victoria University of Wellington and again in the Auckland Philharmonia Ensemble Philharmonia concerts in June and July 1994.
I. Lento. Dolce e expressivo
II. Chorale. Grave.
Performed by the Ensemble Philharmonia