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Land Pictures is a setting of five poems by Anne Powell for women’s voices and harp, commissioned by Choirs Aotearoa New Zealand for Karen Grylls, Helen Webby, and the Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir. In these poems the larger themes of honouring land and ancestry are intertwined with the memories of small and intimate scenes from everyday life. The first piece speaks of the land as power, but also as parent and grandparent. The second continues the theme of grandparent in a more domestic setting, recalling memories of Nana’s sewing as a haven of safety and love. The rhythms of the choir mimic the treadle of the sewing machine in this piece. The following Interlude captures the nostalgia of childhood memories, whilst the fourth piece depicts a cat being teased by blackbirds. The final piece is a prayer for healing.
Commissioned by Choirs Aotearoa New Zealand Trust 2015 for Karen Grylls and Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir.
Poems by Anne Powell