For high voice, clarinet in B flat and piano, the five songs are settings of New Zealand poems that evoke poignant memories of past experiences. They are of beyond diploma difficulty for the three performers.
For chamber orchestra consisting of 2 flutes and piccolo, oboe, 2 clarinets, bassoon, 2 horns; timpani, harp or piano; and strings. Commissioned by the Manawatu Sinfonia with funding from The Arts Council of New Zealand/Toi Aotearoa. Duration approximately 14 minutes.
New Zealanders lives are very much influenced by the moods of nature, Maori mythology and European settlement. So this piece may evoke in the listeners imaginations, seascapes, bush scenes, majestic mountains, and in the middle section, the disruptive influence of civilization.
I. Preludio is based on the phrase heard at the start of the piece; elaborated with triadic harmonies. II. Variazioni is a simple intervallic theme with variations. Composed for guitarist Kazuhito Yamashita, who requested a piece for solo guitar. He first performed the work at Kirishima, Kyushu in February, 1996.
‘Anake’ – Maori for alone – is a set of three pieces. The first contrasts fragmentary ideas with slower wide-ranging melodic lines. These ideas are extended into a shimmering virtuosic diversion in the second piece, and the third turns the slower music into a desolate lament. This third piece was written with a line from Federico Garcia Lorca’s lament for the bullfighter Ignacio Sanchez Mejias in mind: ‘Bones and flutes sound in his ears’.