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Wire Dogs

for piano

Year:  2000   ·  Duration:  4m 30s

Year:  2000
Duration:  4m 30s

Composer:   Helen Bowater


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A personal response to canine nature tempered by anguish at the loss of one such companion, Nissa. Expressive gestures such as vocal sighs permeate the musical fabric; unfettered energy with the tendency to suddenly explode into action from a state of rest determines the pace. A "wiredog" is a type of staple that provides strength when nailed across a joint. Wire Dogs was composed in 2000 and first performed by Ross Carey in 2008. It has since been performed by Wojciech Wisniewski in Jack Richards's summer concert series, and recorded on one of the Waiteata Collection of New Zealand Albums.

Commissioned note

Written for Stephen de Pledge

Stephen De Pledge

Dedication note

Dedicated to Mika, Casper, Nissa, Joko, Pippin, Ally, Miffy, Matthew, Hobie, Joe, Storm, Speedy, Fellini, Victor Emmanuel, Bodhi, Burly, Bilong, Orlando, Whisly, Miles, Schmucky, Xantippe, Dan and Mr Dogs.

Contents note

one movement

Performance history

04 Dec 2001: Premiered by Stephen De Pledge at the ECAT NZ New Music Festival, Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh

30 Mar 2008: Ross Carey - pianist

20 Apr 2008: ICWM Festival, Beijing

24 May 2009: Farewell! Hello!

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