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Mātairangi - 2

for flute, viola and harp

Year:  1997   ·  Duration:  15m
Instrumentation:  flute (alto flute, piccolo), viola, harp

Year:  1997
Duration:  15m
Instrumentation  flute (alto flute, piccolo)...

Composer:   Helen Fisher

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Sample Score

Sample: Pages 1, 8, 13-14, 17, 19-20

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The title of the piece combines two Maori words "Matai" (sea) and "Rangi" (sky). The work is inspired by the Wellington environment, particularly tui birdsong and also both reflective and sparkling waters. It is perhaps best summed up by a New Zealand adaptation of some lines in T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets: "After the [tui's] wing Has answered light to light, and is silent, the light is still At the still point of the turning world."

Matairangi - 2 for flutes (C-flute, alto flute and piccolo), viola and harp, was commisssioned by Catherine and Christine Bowie with funding provided by Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa, and it was premiered by Trio Bilitis on 13 July 1997 for the Wellington Chamber Music Society.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Catherine Bowie and Christine Bowie with funding from Creative New Zealand

Catherine Bowie |

Contents note

one movement in 3 sections

Performance history

13 Jul 1997: Premiered for Wellington Chamber Music Society by Trio Bilitis at Ilott Concert Chamber, Wellington Town Hall on 13 July 1997

23 Apr 2008: Harp Trio: Hamilton

24 Apr 2008: Harp Trio: Napier

26 Apr 2008: Harp Trio: Auckland

28 Apr 2008: Harp Trio: New Plymouth

29 Apr 2008: Harp Trio: Palmerston North

30 Apr 2008: Harp Trio: Wellington

02 May 2008: Harp Trio: Nelson

04 May 2008: Harp Trio: Invercargill

05 May 2008: Harp Trio: Dunedin

06 May 2008: Harp Trio: Christchurch

Performed by Trio Bilitis

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