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Several of the melodic ideas in Other Echoes are based on New Zealand birdcalls: the first violin is the now extinct huia, the cor anglais is the endangered kokako (also the bassoons and clarinets). Piccolo, trumpet and horns also play native birdcalls The composer believes these specific calls lend themselves particularly well to instrumental or vocal imitation, and has done a similar thing in several works over the years including the Chaos of Delight series.
Commissioned by Auckland Philharmonia as part of their Millennium Fanfare Series.
30 Nov 2001: Performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Young as part of the New Music New Zealand Festival in 2001
21 Oct 2008: Contemporary Visions 7
20 Sep 2009: Circus Proms
Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra with conductor Kenneth Young