Composed while I was a student at the University of Otago (Dunedin, New Zealand), these two viola duets originated from my first and second years, when I was studying Performance and Composition. From my third year Performance took over, to the extent that I couldn’t concentrate on Composition, so these duets are remnants of a compositional career that may still be there…waiting?…biding its time? Much of my four years at Otago were spent in Marama Hall, more precisely in the ground floor practice rooms (which were, in fact, underground). Practice Room One, my “favourite” (old piano, no chance of piano students interrupting), was most probably the place where these duets were composed. From what I remember, the Marama was a First World War hospital ship, and in the foyer of the hall a large honours board lists the men and women who served on her.
From Marama’s Hold was premiered by Duo Resonance in April 2001 at the XXIX International Viola Congress, held in Wellington, New Zealand.