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At water’s birth is a meditative, ritualistic work, whose sonic palette includes prepared piano sonorities and some vocalising from the players, including whispering, spoken words and whistling.
The pushing out of the boundaries of the conventional instrumental sounds is something I have employed in other works such as the whistling and knocking on the piano lid in small blue for piano and the bell and tamtam playing in Ring True. The meandering sections of the music suggest a relationship with the forces of water, its depth, currents and undercurrents and there is a sense of ritual in some of the chant-like rhythms.
Commissioned by the New Zealand Trio
Denys Trussell – excerpt from 'Archipelago'
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
03 Aug 2008: Prodigal Songs
11 Nov 2009: NZTrio: Flourishes: Taupo
13 Nov 2009: NZTrio: Flourishes: Queenstown
14 Nov 2009: NZTrio: Flourishes: Dunedin
15 Nov 2009: NZTrio: Flourishes: Ashburton
22 Nov 2009: NZTrio: Flourishes: Auckland
24 Nov 2009: Radio NZ Concert: NZTrio
Featuring: Radio New Zealand Concert
14 Jul 2011: NZTrio & Richard Nunns