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Poems of Spring

for piano

Year:  1981   ·  Duration:  10m

Year:  1981
Duration:  10m

Composer:   Anthony Ritchie

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Sample Score

Sample: Page 28 (Four Poems of Spring, bars 20-29)

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Sample Score

Sample: Page 1 (Ritual, bars 1-26)

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The Poems of Spring consist of eight short pieces altogether, written in 1981 when the composer was a third year student at the University of Canterbury. He gave the first performance of the work at the University late in that year. These pieces attempt to contrast the beauty of a Christchurch spring with the pain of a broken relationship. All this is played out against the backdrop of the 1981 Springbok ruby tour which cause so much turmoil in New Zealand at that time.

Difficulty note

For Grade 8 and upward

Dedication note

'Morning Air (Calm)' dedicated to A.E.B.

Contents note

1. Spring Dance
2. Yearning
3. Gigue
4. Ritual
5. Elegy (Sorrow)
6. Waltz
7. Lover's Dance
8. Morning Air (Calm)

Performance history

09 Jun 2002: Performed by Emma Sayers at the Conservatorium of Music, Massey University, Wellington

10 Jun 2002: Performed by Emma Sayers at the Conservatoruim of Music, Massey university, Wellington

21 Mar 2007: Mozart Fellows Reunion Concert

12 Sep 2012: NZ Composers Lunchtime Concert

Performed by Tom McGrath

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