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Programme Note

This prelude is a musical representation of the view I see at twilight from my studio on the South Coast of Wellington – the moody dark green depths of Cook Strait, the inky blue sky, and the endless unbroken horizon dividing the two. Fishing boats sit on the horizon all lit up, looking like little gleaming gemstones in the darkness. The occasional gust of wind stirs up wild eddies on the surface of the water, and the odd rogue wave hurls itself onto the rocks and up into the air in a spectacular explosion of sea spray.

Commissioned by the Wallace Foundation for Stephen De Pledge as part of the landscape prelude series

Performance History

World Premiere for P: The Horizon at Owhiro Bay; De Pledge 270208 27 Feb 2008 Performed by Stephen De Pledge as part of the Landscapes concert, New Zealand International Arts Festival held in Wellington.
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
20 Sep 2011 Performed by Henry Wong Doe at Gorell Hall, Indiana University Pennsylvania.
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


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