The 3 Pieces for Violin and Guitar were written originally for tenor and guitar, from the cycle called Five Dunedin Songs (1996), based on poems by Bernadette Hall. In 2005 they were re-arranged for viola and guitar, for Donald Maurice and Matthew Marshall, and in 2011 for Duo Tapas. These pieces draw on jazz and folk influences. ‘Song’ is playful, and depicts ‘Stonewoman’, a well-known maternal landmark in Christchurch, while ‘Tomahawk Sonnet’ expresses grief for the death of the poet’s father. ‘Lovesong’ is also grieving, but for lost love, and is jaunty and edgy in tone.
This miniature was written in 1996 as a wedding present for its dedicatees: bass clarinettist Andrew Uren and cellist Katherine Hebley. One source of the title, reﬂected in the music, is a line from John Donne’s poem The Extasie (1633), which—on one level—depicts two lovers
physically and spiritually entwined.
As our blood labours to beget Spirits, as like soules as it can, Because such ﬁngers need to knit That subtile knot, which makes us man: So must pure lovers soules descend T’affections, and to faculties, Which sense may reach and apprehend, Else a great Prince in prison lies.