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Programme Note

The title is taken from the poem Spring Drift Kawhia by New Zealand poet Denys Trussell and refers to the shallow tidal harbour of Kawhia on the western coast of the North Island:

“Now hills half-stripped of gods rim this liquid drift of light, and the sea-eye flashes mosaic beneath a nest of cliffs startling the shag in its pine-black tower.”

The evocative phrase provided the inspiration for this ‘landscape prelude’, written with gratitude to its commissioner, the wonderfully poetic pianist Stephen De Pledge. It was premiered by him in the Wigmore Hall, London, on 23rd January 2004.

Text Note:
Title by Denys Trussell
Commissioned by Stephen De Pledge with funding from Creative New Zealand

Performance History

World Premiere for P: this liquid drift of light; De Pledge 230104 23 Jan 2004 Premiered by Stephen De Pledge at Wigmore Hall, London, United Kingdom
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
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
02 Jul 2015 Performed by Henry Wong Doe at the Music Theatre, the University of Auckland.


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