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This work was inspired by seeing interviews with returned servicemen on the television programme New Zealand at War. The emotional power of their recollections of long hidden experiences led me to look for ways to express my feelings about the horrors of war. The setting attempts to make a stark contrast between the imagery of the poetry and the music (Ross Harris 1996).
Commissioned by Bel Canto for performance at the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts 1996 with funding from Creative New Zealand
Three movements: 1. from - a moment of war 2. the send off 3. Sunsets
Texts by Laurie Lee, Wilfred Owen and Richard Aldington
22 Mar 1996: Performed by Bel Canto conducted by Peter Walls at St Andrew's on The Terrace, Wellington as part of the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts