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13' 30"
3333; 4331; 3 perc.; 2 harps; strings


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Programme Note

I – Alizarin
II – Aurum

“The effect of this colour is as peculiar as its nature. It conveys an impression of gravity and dignity, and at the same time of grace and attractiveness. The first in its dark deep state, the latter in its light attenuated tint, and thus the dignity of age and the amiableness of youth may adorn itself with degrees of the same hue.”
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe on the colour red, Theory of Colours (1810)

There is a transcendence that occurs in creating something that is one’s own – in the painting of brush strokes, in discovering the transformation of elements, and in the shaping of form. Seemingly free of the infiltrative catalogue of experience and
knowledge housed in the subconscious mind. Oblivion. This piece is an exploration of my perception of the colours red (alizarin) and gold (aurum) and their synergistic effect when combined. Disparate natures of separate elements come together to synergise in the wake of alizarin-tainted shrieks and the palpable glint of gold. One can only behold these elements’ true combined effect after each has spoken. Each movement details the personality of each of the colours in their
broadest senses, as I ‘hear’ them.

Commissioned by the NZSO for the National Youth Orchestra

Performance History

World Premiere for P: Synergos; NYO c. Shelley 180714 18 Jul 2014 Performed by the NZSO National Youth Orchestra, conductor Alexander Shelley in the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington.
19 Jul 2014 Performed by the National Youth Orchestra and conducted by Alexander Shelley at the ASB Theatre, in Auckland


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