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Blue Work


for piano trio

Year:  2003   ·  Duration:  16m
Instrumentation:  for violin, cello and piano

Year:  2003
Duration:  16m
Instrumentation  for violin, cello and piano

Gareth Farr

Composer:   Gareth Farr

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Gareth Farr: Ahi; audio

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In January 1998 Gareth Farr was commissioned by the James Wallace Chariable Trust to write this Piano Trio for the Ogen Trio, a leading NZ ensemble. Taking its subtitle Ahi from the Maori word for “fire”, it received its debut performance in Auckland, NZ in March 1998 in the presence of the composer. The style of the work varies in each of the four movements: the flavour of a French lullaby predominates in the first; an intense and unrelenting second movement harbours overtones of a Russian military factory; whilst a Balinese pop-inspired fourth movement contains numerous gamelan-like effects. The brief third movement is merely a quiet interlude, with a melodic reference to the first movement. The composition stands in stark contrast to Farr’s previous works. He has experimented with stripping away the density characteristic of past compositions in favour of clearer textures, exploring classical form, and allowing a simplicity of line to come through and speak for itself.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by the James Wallace Arts Trust for the Ogen Trio

Difficulty note

Has previously been performed in the Schools' Chamber Music Contest.

Contents note

Semplice ma espressivo; Scherzo; Interlude; Finale

Performance history

31 Aug 2007: Kungsbacka Trio: Christchurch

01 Sep 2007: Kungsbacka Trio: Dunedin

03 Sep 2007: Kungsbacka Trio: Napier

04 Sep 2007: Kungsbacka Trio: Hamilton

06 Sep 2007: Kungsbacka Trio: Auckland

07 Sep 2007: Kungsbacka Trio: Wellington

12 Apr 2008: Fire and Water

13 Apr 2008: Fire and Water 1

20 Apr 2008: Fire and Water 2

23 Apr 2008: Fire and Water 3

08 Feb 2013: Adam Chamber Music Festival - Cafe Music

Performed by the Ogen Trio

Performed by the Ogen Trio - Katherine Austin, Dimitri Atanassov, and James Tennant

Performed by the NZTrio

Movements 2, 3 and 4 performed by Jessie Li (violin) Cecilia Xu (cello) and David Liao (piano) At the 2010 NZ Secondary Schools Chamber Music Competition, Auckland Concert Chamber

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