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Blue Work


for orchestra

Year:  2004   ·  Duration:  9m
Instrumentation:  2222; 4231; timp., perc. 1 (glock., xyl., sus. cym., tri., bongos, tub. bells), perc. 2 (vib.), hp, pno (and celesta); strings

Year:  2004
Duration:  9m
Instrumentation  2222; 4231; timp., perc. 1 ...

Composer:   Leonie Holmes

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A scene from childhood, remembered as a half peaceful, half eerie dream sequence. Deep in the bush where there were no cicadas singing, the moist smell of soil, a small stream, dark ferns. Occasional streaks of sunlight struck the water. The middle of the ponga fern looked as if it would be a perfect bed to curl up in. I half believed that there were bush-dwelling creatures that did live and sleep there, watching me from the shadows.

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one movement

Performance history

04 May 2004: Performed in a rehearsed reading by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hamish McKeich as part of the NZSO-SOUNZ Readings

17 Feb 2006: 2006 NZSO-SOUNZ Readings 1

13 Feb 2007: Pacific Dreaming

Premiered in 2004 by the Auckland University School of Music Orchestra

Performed by The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Violin solos by Vesa-Matti Leppänen and Donald Armstrong, cello solo by Andrew Joyce. Conducted by Marc Taddei.

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