Gallipoli was composed in memory of the World War I battle that took place between Turkey and Anzacs, symbolizing as a whole, the mutual good relations of the countries of Turkey, Australia and New Zealand, which are in friendly relations in our day. The message given by Turkey’s leader Ataturk after the war was one of humanism and friendship. This is still commemorated by both the ANZACs and the Turks with great importance every year.
The idea of writing this solo work for trumpet was born when Erden Bilgen met the composer in Auckland. It became formalized with the composer’s visit to Gallipoli in 2001 and a subsequent meeting between the two in Istanbul. Written in rhapsodic form in one movement, the music is not intended to interpret the horrors and negative aspects of war, but more the emotions and reflective times of the young ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corp.) and Turkish troops summoned to war on Turkish ground.
The opening trumpet fanfare is the call to war. In the middle section the composer uses a traditional folk theme from the Turkish region of Canakkale. There is a short cadenza and the orchestration requires a large symphony orchestra.
This piece is essentially an extended fanfare. It opens with a single note gradually fanning out to a chord in the brass, and this idea returns at the climax of the piece. This material gives way to the first main melodic idea in the strings, against which the woodwind provide a repetitive and lively accompaniment. The middle section is softer and allows several of the woodwind instruments to take short solos against sustained string chords. A build up of energy leads back to the original brass idea, but this time set against insistent pitch in the woodwind and strings. The piece ends firmly in the tonic key of D major. ‘Piece in Celebration: Puke Ariki’ was written for, and won first prize in, a competition organised by the New Plymouth Orchestra to mark the opening of the city’s new museum and library complex ‘Puke Ariki’.