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This response revolves around what is to me, one of Lilburn’s most striking moments to be heard amongst his instrumental writing – the opening gesture of the first of his nine short pieces. This vibrant, ascending sweep of notes merge together, overtones mingling and then diffuses, leaving a vivid purity of tone to emerge from the resonance of the gesture’s uppermost note. I have simply let the rest of the piece evolve out of this space and resonance while keeping in mind the characteristics of the initial gesture.
– Sarah Ballard
Composed for the Stroma New Music Ensemble for the centenary of Douglas Lilburn.
02 Nov 2015: Performed by Stroma, conducted by Hamish McKeich, at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Wellington, New Zealand.