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Water Sketch with Tui

for violin and piano

Year:  2004   ·  Duration:  7m

Year:  2004
Duration:  7m

Composer:   Philip Brownlee

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Throughout the last two summers, a tui has sung the same uncharacteristically repetitive song behind my house. This melodic fragment appears as a cadential echo to the flow of the music. The most immediate image is of gentle fluvial movement, agitated by falling drops and stronger currents. Yet beneath the surface there is an insistence, an energy in suspension.

Commissioned note

Written for Rieko Suzuki and Yuji Takahashi for performance at a Concert FM Lunchtime Concert at Soundings Theatre at Te Papa on 24 May 2004

Dedication note

for Rieko Suzuki and Yuji Takahashi

Contents note

single movement

Performance history

28 Sep 2008: Performed by Johnny Chang (violin) and Donald Nicolson (piano) in the Hunter Council Chamber at Victoria University, Wellington