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Angels Flow was composed for harpist Helen Webby, for her CD of New Zealand harp music, entitled ‘Pluck’. This piece imagines a parallel between the sound of harp music and the movement of spirits, or angels. In some cultures, such as Maori culture, sounds produced by instruments have spiritual properties. Music can tap into a part of the mind that transcends reality, and puts us in touch with imaginary, spiritual worlds. In this piece the flowing movements of the angels are unpredictable and capricious. A gradual modal change through the piece finds rest at the end, as the music descends to the lower register of the harp.
Angels Flow was premiered in the 2012 Otago Festival of the Arts, and is one of ten works commissioned and recorded by Helen Webby for her CD ‘Pluck’, released by Ode Records (Manu 5144). Helen Webby wishes to acknowledge the generous support of Creative New Zealand, University of Otago and John Egenes, producer. ‘Pluck’ is the first anthology of New Zealand harp music.
Commissioned by Helen Webby with funding from Creative New Zealand
13 Sep 2013: Pluck: works for harp with Helen Webby
14 Sep 2013: 'Pluck' - New Music for Harp, with Helen Webby
04 Oct 2013: 'Pluck' - Harp and Voice Concert and Workshop