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Whakatipua was originally written for string quartet and was commissioned by Morgan Jones as a surprise present for his wife, Pat, who was turning 60. The string quartet version was first played at their wonderful home near Queenstown, on the occasion of Pat’s birthday. It was written for a quartet then resident at the University of Otago Music department. The piece is in a single movement. Slower sections at the beginning and end surround a main quick section. The piece evokes the mountain landscape around Queenstown, and also Morgan and Pat’s place, which is called ‘Whakatipua’. There are elements of folk music in the piece which is characterised by open-sounding sonorities. It is reasonably challenging for the players without being too demanding.
The string orchestra version was composed in 2005 for the Marama Chamber orchestra at Otago University.
The string orchestra version was composed for the Marama Chamber Orchestra at University of Otago