These pieces were written to commemorate the passing of John Ritchie, composer and musician, and father of Anthony. They were commissioned by Margaret Nielsen, pianist and long-time friend of John Ritchie. The pieces attempt to capture different aspects of John’s life. The Fanfare reflects his long involvement with the brass community, both in terms of brass bands and orchestral brass. It also has elements of humour, something John appreciated in the music of Malcolm Arnold and others. ‘Aria for Anita’ reflects on Anita Ritchie, John’s wife and soprano, and references one of her favourite songs, ‘Solveig’s Song’ by Grieg. ‘Perputua’ uses a 4-note motif from John’s Clarinet Concertino as a starting point, developing perpetual motion through repetition of rhythms and ideas. The title is also a reference to the old prayer ending “… and let light perpetual shine upon him”. The music fades into starry nothingness at the end.
to Margaret Nielsen
22 Jun 2016
Performed by Emma Sayers at St Andrew’s on The Terrace, Wellington.