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In 1981 I composed a series of piano pieces called Poems of Spring, in which I juxtaposed the exhilarating beauty of a Christchurch spring with the terrible pain of a broken relationship. Ten years later, and in the middle of a cruel Dunedin winter, I recalled this Christchurch spring as I was composing this short piece for the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. 1991 was a year in which I managed to climb out of a dark phase in my life, and consequently this piece expresses a sense of excitement and affirmation.
Lasting just under 3 minutes, it was designed as a fanfare to open a concert and combines several short motifs into a busy mosaic of sound. Yet Another Poem of Spring is recorded by the NZSO on their Landscapes CD, released by Morrison Music Trust (MMT2037) in 2001.
Commissioned by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra
24 Jul 2001: Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Young