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2015

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Programme Note

For quite some time, the beauty and chaos of Wellington rain has inspired me to respond musically. My latest orchestral work ‘Rainphase’ draws on characteristics of water as rain: its shape and shapelessness, transparency and density, energy and calm, and its capacity for reflection in both a literal and emotional sense.

Structurally, it flows through various stages of this “phase” in the water cycle: last rays diminishing as grey clouds form; droplets released; a frenzy of water and wind; all collecting in streams. I’m particularly fascinated by the variation in sound and movement of raindrops depending on the material upon which they fall, and the texture created when these countless individual timbres and rhythms happen all at once.

The ending evokes a memorable moment of obscure beauty that I experienced on a still night last winter. Heavy rain had transformed empty streets into blurry mirrors, reflecting warm glows of street and traffic lights.

Performance History

World Premiere for P: Rainphase; NYO Gomez 020715 02 Jul 2015 Performed by the National Youth Orchestra and conducted by José Luis Gomez at the Michael Fowler Centre, in Wellington.
04 Jul 2015 Performed by the National Youth Orchestra and conducted by José Luis Gomez at St Margaret’s College, in Christchurch.

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