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Journeys was written in 2015 after beginning my study of historical keyboards at Te Kōki NZSM. The title makes reference to many types of journeys – both mental and physical. Studying music at a university is a journey in itself.
Whilst writing this piece I became engrossed in Gao Xingjian’s novel Soul Mountain in which the unnamed main character journeys into the rural wilderness of China. This piece is certainly not a musical representation of the story but more a reflection on my own journeys and those in this great novel.
In this piece, I explore sound-silence relationships and the use of iridescence to give each section its own distinctive feeling. Movement or lack of, gives meaning to journeying and its constant stopping and starting. I have tried to reflect that within the piece.
Performed by Joe Gorman at the Adam Concert Room, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand.