The poem is a reflection of the transient nature of love and life. The gamelan, being an intergral part of a traditional which sees life as cyclic, maybe offers a balance. I have endeavoured to express this polarity by using traditional materials in non-traditional ways.
Arabesque was originally composed, as a commissioned work, for Sarah Langley, principal accordionist with the Air New Zealand Accordion Orchestra. She premiered this work in Auckland, June 1991 at the New Zealand Accordion Championships. Sarah was New Zealand solo accordion champion in 1991 This work was later arranged for piano.
This fanfare for full orchestra was “…refreshing… (Its) gradual thickening of layers of bird calls to abrasive Varesian dissonances near the end had a concise dramatic momentum and coherence.” lan Dando, NZ Listener. (It) “…begins with sounds that could only be New Zealand ones.” LCM Saunders, NZ Herald.