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“a politically inspired pilgrimage from from naivety to cynicism travelled through wittily twined and increasingly dour revisions of anthems with dwindling heraldic phrases.” – Marian Poole, Otago Daily Times
When writing Progress March I became increasingly distressed at the direction that the current leadership (NACT) in our country is taking us. The dissolution of elected representatives of Environment Canterbury (ECAN) and power to alter Water Conservation Orders by the government appointed commissioners – all for short-term commercial interests; potential mining of schedule 4 areas of our National parks; the mess that is the Auckland Supercity; continued attacks and underfunding of Radio New Zealand; and a litany of other abuses by our supposedly representative politicians have all saddened me. Progress March celebrates greed and misuse of power using original material as well as fragments of God Defend New Zealand, the Star Spangled Banner and Sumer is Icumen In, a 13th Century song celebrating the bucolic joys associated with the arrival of summer.
Written for the Otago Symphonic Band
15 May 2010: Black Magic