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This work for clarinet quintet in three movements was written following time spent in the north of Scotland, during which I visited the remote and desolate places that my family left behind when they emigrated from Scotland to New Zealand in the 19th Century. Although the music is not intended to be strictly descriptive, the image underpinning the work is that of an infinite shore that stretches from the line of steep cliffs at Badbea overlooking the North Sea, around the world to the rocky southern shores of Aotearoa New Zealand. The work draws on the tonal colour and extremes of pitch that are possible in the clarinet, and the extraordinary platform of sound of the string quartet.
First movement 11.00 minutes
Second movement 5.30 minutes, slow and chorale like
Third movement 5.30 minutes, fast
08 May 2011: Performed by the Karlheinz Company (Donald Nicholls cl, Alex Taylor, Emily Bowhuis vlns, Alex MacDonald vla, Rachel Wells cello) at the Concert Hall of the School of Music, University of Auckland.