Night Countdown is a setting of the poem of the same name by Peggy Dunstan. The text is rich with sound images, although the music does not interpret these especially literally. The setting attempts to follow the poem’s train of thought, while remaining open to multiple interpretations of its meaning, reflecting the sense of open-ended thinking experienced in the space between wakefulness and sleep.
Poem by Peggy Dunstan
Night Countdown was commissioned by Rowena Simpson and Kamala Bain, with funding from Creative New Zealand.