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Wakatipu

for violin

Year:  2009   ·  Duration:  6m

Year:  2009
Duration:  6m

Gareth Farr
Composer

Composer:   Gareth Farr

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About

Commissioned by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra for the 2009 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, Wakatipu is a virtuoso romp around the violin, employing angular driving rhythms and unusual scales built on minor seconds and minor thirds.

The title of the piece refers to Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown NZ, and the Maori legend behind it.

One of the great mysteries of the lake is that its level rises and falls every few minutes. Scientists explain that it is due to changing atmospheric pressure - but the legend has it that this fluctuation is caused by the beating heart of a giant demon.

Long ago, the demon abducted the daughter of a local Maori chief and took her to his home in the heights of the ice clad mountains. After the long climb he became tired and lay down to sleep - however, the girl's lover had followed close behind them all the way, and set the giant on fire as he lay sleeping. His burning flesh carved into the ice and snow and created a huge lake - but his heart remained indestructible, causing the rising and falling of the water level to this day.


Commissioned note

Commissioned by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra for the 2009 Michael Hill International Violin Competition


Performance history

04 Jun 2009: Michael Hill 2009 International Violin Competition

28 Jun 2010: Špaček & Houstoun: Invercargill

06 Jul 2010: Špaček & Houstoun: Palmerston North

08 Jul 2010: Špaček & Houstoun: Auckland

11 Jul 2010: Špaček & Houstoun: Nelson

18 Jul 2010: Špaček & Houstoun: New Plymouth

26 Apr 2015: Ben Baker and Robert Thompson, Violin and Piano (Oxford)

30 Apr 2015: Ben Baker and Robert Thompson, Violin and Piano (London)

07 Jun 2019: 2019 Organ Fundraiser Concert Series | Martin Riseley in Concert

Performed by Yoo Jin Jang at the 2009 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, winning a special prize for the performance of this work.

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