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Programme Note

Te Tai-O-Rehua translates from Māori language as ‘The Tasman Sea’ – the turbulent body of water that separates New Zealand from Australia. The piece was co-commissioned by the Goldner Quartet and Chamber Music New Zealand in honour of the 21st anniversary of the Wellington and Sydney sister-city relationship.

In this work Gareth uses an unusual scale built out of minor thirds and minor seconds which contributes to the dark mood of the piece – and the melodies are very rhythmically constructed with irregular phrase lengths to keep it unpredictabe.

Co-commissioned by the Goldner Quartet and Chamber Music New Zealand

Performance History

30 Sep 2013 Performed by the Goldner String Quartet
01 Sep 2016 Performed by the New Zealand String Quartet in the Adam Concert Room, Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music, 1 September 2016. Te Tai-o-Rehua (2013) Music by Gareth Farr © Promethean Editions Ltd
New Zealand String Quartet


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