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Ursula at Parakakariki

for SSAATB choir with piano, bassoon and percussion

Year:  2007 Instrumentation:  Percussion is rainstick and played by a member of the choir

Year:  2007
Instrumentation  Percussion is rainstick and...

Composer:   Carol Shortis

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Carol Shortis: Ursula at Pa...

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Fiona Farrell, born and raised in Oamaru, is a best-selling author of short fiction, plays, novels and poetry. The poem Ursula at Parakakariki is taken from her second book of poetry The Inhabited Initial (Auckland University Press 1999). Parakakariki is the name of an old Māori pā site on the Banks Peninsula, and occupies a clifftop spectacularly high above the ocean. The poem was written at the time of her daughter Ursula leaving home.

Text note

Text by Fiona Farrell, translated by Niwa Short

Performance history

15 Sep 2007: Performed by Nota Bene Choir conducted by Michael Fulcher, piano Emma Sayers, bassoon Pieta Hextall at St Mary of the Angels, Wellington