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2004
Duration:
06' 00"

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application/pdf,74k Score (74k) Pages 3-7© Gillian Whitehead
audio/mpg,959k Recording (959k) 0:00-1:00© Radio New Zealand / SOUNZ
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application/octet-stream,2474k Recording (2474k) Excerpt from Arapatiki© Gillian Whitehead
audio/mpeg,467k Recording (467k) Excerpt from 'Arapatiki' performed by Stephen De Pledge© RNZ Concert
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Programme Note

Arapatiki was commissioned by Stephen De Pledge as one of a series of Landscape preludes, and received its first performance in the Wigmore Hall, London, in January, 2004. Arapatiki translates (from the Maori language) as ‘the way of the flounder’, and is the ancient name of the sand flats in front of my house at Harwood, near Dunedin. The piece has something to do with the advance and retreat of the tide across the flats, where many species of sea and water birds spend much of the day – an ever-varying water-scape. The opening idea is based on the song of the korimako or bellbird.

Commissioned:
Commissioned by Stephen de Pledge
Difficulty:
Intermediate
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Performance History

World Premiere for P: Arapatiki, De Pledge; 230103 23 Jan 2003 Premiered by Stephen de Pledge (piano) at Wigmore Hall, London
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
19 Jun 2007 Performed by Emma Sayers (piano) on 19 June 2007 at Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber. This concert was a collaboration between The Edge and Chamber Music New Zealand in celebration of Matariki.
Tuhonohono
21 Jun 2007 Performed by Emma Sayers (piano) on 21 June 2007 at Soundings Theatre, Te Papa, Wellington. This concert was a collaboration between The Edge and Chamber Music New Zealand in celebration of Matariki.
Tuhonohono
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
30 Mar 2008 Performed by Ross Carey (piano) at St Mark’s Church, Lower Hutt, Wellington
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
02 Jul 2015 Performed by Henry Wong Doe at the Music Theatre, the University of Auckland.

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