The title of the piece combines two Maori words “Matai” (sea) and “Rangi” (sky). The work is inspired by the Wellington environment, particularly tui birdsong and also both reflective and sparkling waters. It is perhaps best summed up by a New Zealand adaptation of some lines in T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets: “After the [tui’s] wing Has answered light to light, and is silent, the light is still At the still point of the turning world.”
Matairangi – 2 for flutes (C-flute, alto flute and piccolo), viola and harp, was commisssioned by Catherine and Christine Bowie with funding provided by Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa, and it was premiered by Trio Bilitis on 13 July 1997 for the Wellington Chamber Music Society.