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Blue Work


At water's birth

for piano trio

Year:  2008   ·  Duration:  10m
Instrumentation:  violin, cello, piano (some preparation required); all performers required to speak

Year:  2008
Duration:  10m
Instrumentation  violin, cello, piano (some ...

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About

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 note

Commissioned by the New Zealand Trio


Text note

Denys Trussell – excerpt from 'Archipelago'


Performance history

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



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