Composed in Dunedin in 2000 at the beginning of my year as Mozart Fellow at the University of Otago, these pieces were inspired by the sight of green tree tops surrounding the Mozart Fellow room at the University’s School of Music building, and also by the restful feeling of the landscape around Dunedin. The fifth of these Pastorales was subsequently arranged for violin and piano as the second movement of A Little Suite for Yuji and Rieko.
Piece No.4 uses a variety of techniques from Jazz and Classical music.
Firstly, it is a concerto for our bassist Mike Kime who improvises his solo throughout the work. Secondly, the piece has a mosaic structure. The sections in the piece can be played in any order which is decided upon by the conductor as the piece progresses. This lends a dynamic and exciting atmosphere from which the textures and solo in the piece develop.