- concert overture for orchestra
- 12' 00"
- (1)2122; 4331; timp., 3 perc (timp, sd-dr, cym, tri, xylo, tram bell, bus horn), hp; strs (10,10,8,6,4)
A concert overture for full symphony orchestra – this work captures “the bustle, the vitality and the peace” of one of Christchurch’s busiest arteries.
The composer’s son, Anthony Ritchie wrote:
“Dad composed this when I was at Varsity in Christchurch. Some years earlier we had moved to a new house next to Papanui Road – he still lives there – so I remember Dad wanting to write a piece that summed up experiences of that street – going back over a long past. There is a motif that represents our old cat, Shosti, sneaking through to the butcher’s on Papanui Road (no longer there, of course!). There is also a sad passage that is a short memorial to Reverend Botting, an old friend of Dad’s, who was killed on his bike, on Papanui Rd – I remember when that happened. The piece is quite personal and yet is likeable just as music.”
|12 Feb 1988||
Performed by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra conducted by Donald Johanos
|03 Dec 1998||
Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marc Taddei
|Marc Taddei New Zealand Symphony Orchestra|
|09 Oct 2010||
Performed by the Southern Sinfonia with conductor Simon Over at the Dunedin Town Hall, in Dunedin
|06 Dec 2010||
Recording of performance by the Southern Sinfonia with conductor Simon Over at the Dunedin Town Hall, in Dunedin, was broadcast on Radio New Zealand Concert