Your cart

Shipping and discount codes are added at checkout.


Out of this Nettle, Danger

for mezzo-soprano and chamber sextet

Year:  1983   ·  Duration:  35m
Instrumentation:  flute, clarinet, trumpet, cello, percussion, keyboard

Year:  1983
Duration:  35m
Instrumentation  flute, clarinet, trumpet, c...

Films, Audio & Samples

Gillian Whitehead: Out of t...

Embedded audio
See details ➔

Sample: Pages 1-8 of 'Out of this Nettle, Danger'

See details ➔


To borrow items or hire parts please email SOUNZ directly at


"Out of this Nettle, Danger is intimate, acute, fleet, with a fascinating sensitivity to the deep implications of the text. There is a big range of percussion instruments, used with the greatest economy and power of suggestion so that no sound or thematic fragment is perfunctory, each has a voluptuous, expressive, original shape. The piece moves forward in small episodes, held together partly by text, partly by the sheer consistent quality of the imagination." (Oakes, The Independent)

Commissioned note

Commissioned by the NZ Literary Fund and funded by the Australia Council

Text note

Text by Fleur Adcock, compiled from Katherine Mansfield's writings

Performance history

05 Mar 1987: Performed by Anthea Moller (mezzo) and the Karlheinz Company, conducted by John Elmsly