2*2*2* (doubling alto sax. in E flat) 2; 2200; 2 perc.; guitar (amplified); strings. Percussion: tam tam, bass drum, large suspended cymbal, wind chimes,glockenspiel, xylophone, bongos, 2 woodblocks (large and small), drum kit (including suspended cymbal, bass drum, small tom tom
Coming to It was commissioned by the Wellington Sinfonia (now Vector Wellington Orchestra) to collaborate with Sam Hunt. The poems and music speak from the heart about the everyday issues and concerns of ordinary people. There are poems about mothers, fathers, lovers, children and dogs. The poems touch on life and death, and the title incidents between that on the surface seem insignificant but have meaning for those involved. The scene is set in the opening poem, Coming to It. Some of the music is bluesy in character, as in the Plateau Songs, and some is folksy in style, as in A White Gentian, where the guitar and flute play a duet. Occasionally the music specifically describes the text, as in the hammering, migraine-like You House the Moon.