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Symphony - The Islands

for orchestra

Year:  1992   ·  Duration:  43m
Instrumentation:  3*3*3**3*; 4331; timp., 3 perc.; pno+synth, hp; strings | (Perc: glock., vib., xylo., 3 tam-tams, bass drum, 2 temple blocks, 4 susp. cym., 2 Chinese cym., cl.cym, 3 roto-toms)

Year:  1992
Duration:  43m
Instrumentation  3*3*3**3*; 4331; timp., 3 p...

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A full-length symphony for large orchestra in three movements. It takes its title from the sequence of three sonnets The Islands by the New Zealand poet Charles Brasch. The music mirrors the unsettled air of the poetry and contrasts violence with delicacy and beauty as a metaphor for our times.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Contents note

  1. Recitative and Appassionata
  2. Gongs, Echoes and Chants
  3. "And none knows..."

Performance history

09 May 1996: performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra cond. John Hopkins; Christchurch Town Hall

Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lucas Vis and recorded live at The Aotea Centre, Auckland, New Zealand in July 1996

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