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Te Tai-O-Rehua

for string quartet

Year:  2013

Year:  2013

Gareth Farr
Composer

Composer:   Gareth Farr

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About

Programme note

Te Tai-O-Rehua translates from Māori language as 'The Tasman Sea' - the turbulent body of water that separates New Zealand from Australia. The piece was co-commissioned by the Goldner Quartet and Chamber Music New Zealand in honour of the 21st anniversary of the Wellington and Sydney sister-city relationship.

In this work Gareth uses an unusual scale built out of minor thirds and minor seconds which contributes to the dark mood of the piece - and the melodies are very rhythmically constructed with irregular phrase lengths to keep it unpredictabe.

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Commissioned note

Co-commissioned by the Goldner Quartet and Chamber Music New Zealand

Chamber Music New Zealand


Performance history

30 Sep 2013: Performed by the Goldner String Quartet

01 Sep 2016: Performed by the New Zealand String Quartet in the Adam Concert Room, Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music, 1 September 2016. Te Tai-o-Rehua (2013) Music by Gareth Farr © Promethean Editions Ltd