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A Feather of Blue

for piano trio

Year:  2000   ·  Duration:  9m

Year:  2000
Duration:  9m

Composer:   Maria Grenfell

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Sample Score

Sample: Pages 2-9

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Commissioned in 2000 by the NZTrio, A Feather of Blue takes its title from a phrase in a poem called A View From A Window by New Zealand writer Kevin Ireland. I have always admired the wry humour and brightness of Kevin Ireland's writing and many years ago set three of his poems for soprano and mixed ensemble. As a kind gesture Mr Ireland sent me a copy of his book of poems Skinning A Fish, and I was particularly struck by the imagery of colours, flowers, feathers and birds in this poem, which illustrates rain pouring down a window pane and giving way to a burst of sunshine after a storm.

Maria Grenfell

Commissioned note

Commissioned by the New Zealand Ensemble with funding assistance from Creative New Zealand

Performance history

17 Feb 2009: Contemporary Visions 16

29 May 2011: NZTrio Kiwi Sampler 2

Performed by the NZTrio