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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 by Catherine Bowie and Christine Bowie with funding from Creative New Zealand
one movement in 3 sections
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