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Work

2012
Duration:
11' 00"
Instrumentation:
Solo piano and orchestra: 3[1.2.picc]22[1/b cl.2]2, 4220, 3 perc., celesta, harp, strings
Contents:
Single movement

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application/pdf,252k Score (252k) pages 1-8© Chris Watson

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External Media on Demand

NZSO, Sarah Watkins (piano), Hamish McKeich (conductor), 2014 NZSO-RNZ Concert-SOUNZ Recordings.

Programme Note

My 2 year old son’s bedtime rituals included milk drinking, book reading, story telling and the singing of songs. When it came time to say goodnight he would declare, “sing songs self” – meaning he now wanted me to leave the room whereupon he would sing himself to sleep.

This nightly declaration implied his acceptance of the transition from needing company and protection to steeling himself to go it alone and face the night, indeed, to face his fears. It seemed somehow related to the concerto medium: a me-against-the-world scenario full of uncertainties in which overcompensation for the frailties of the individual via displays of virtuosity are the norm.

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Performance History

14 Apr 2014 New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Sarah Watkins (piano), Hamish McKeich (conductor). Recorded by RNZ Concert as part of the 2014 NZSO-RNZ Concert-SOUNZ Recordings.

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