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Work

2004
Duration:
03' 00"

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application/octet-stream,1792k Recording (1792k) 0:00-1:00© Victoria Kelly / Stephen de Pledge
audio/mpeg,467k Recording (467k) From 0:31 - 1:31© RNZ Concert
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Programme Note

Everyone of my generation remembers the ‘Goodnight Kiwi’ – the animation that used to signal the end of television for the night in the days when we only had two channels to choose from.

I remember the rare occasions I was allowed to stay up late enough to see the Goodnight Kiwi carry out his nightly duties. It was always way past my bedtime and therefore overwhelmingly exciting. But I always felt very melancholy afterwards. I would lie awake for hours thinking about the kiwi shutting down the power and climbing up to sleep in the sky. It seemed so final.

As I was composing this piece in 2004, my mother was approaching the end of a long illness and she and I were going through a process of looking through photographs, telling the stories that accompanied them and wondering what
lay ahead. It made me remember long summers, lawn-mowers, barbeques, pohutukawa trees at the beach and a time in life that wasn’t weighed down with responsibilities or fears for the future. This piece is an emotional landscape that tries to evoke that feeling of nostalgia, presenting childhood memories into which the future begins to creep.

I imagined my mother was setting off on the same journey as the kiwi… wandering through the building, shutting down the power and then climbing up to sleep in the sky. I wrote this piece for her.

Commissioned:
Commissioned by Stephen de Pledge
Influences:
Dedication:
Dedicated to the composer's mother
Funders:

Performance History

World Premiere for P: Goodnight Kiwi; De Pledge 230104 23 Jan 2004 Premiered by Stephen De Pledge (piano) at Wigmore Hall, London 23 January 2004
Stephen De Pledge
30 Mar 2004 Performed by Stephen de Pledge (piano) at Helen Young Studio, Auckland for Radio New Zealand Concert
Stephen De Pledge
27 Feb 2008 Performed by Stephen De Pledge at the Ilott Theatre, Town Hall, Wellington, as part of the 2008 New Zealand International Arts Festival.
Stephen De Pledge
25 Aug 2010 Performed by Stephen De Pledge (piano) as part of the Dartington International Summer School at the Great Hall, in Dartington, England
Stephen De Pledge
01 Apr 2011 Performed by Stephen De Pledge on the ‘Good Morning’ show (TVNZ), in Auckland
Stephen De Pledge
06 Apr 2011 Performed by Stephen De Pledge (piano) at the Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber in Auckland, as part of the New Zealand International Piano Festival
Stephen De Pledge
04 Jul 2011 Performed by Stephen de Pledge (piano) at St Margaret’s Church Lothbury as part of the City of London Festival
Stephen De Pledge
22 Mar 2012 Performed by Stephen de Pledge at the University of Glasgow Concert Hall (22 March 2012) and at the University of Edinburgh Reid Concert Hall (23 March 2012), Scotland.
Stephen De Pledge
03 May 2012 Performed by William Green as part of the Auckland Public Library Thursday Lunchtime Concert Series.
William Green

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