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a "landscape prelude" for piano

Year:  2004   ·  Duration:  6m

Year:  2004
Duration:  6m

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Gillian Whitehead: Arapatik...

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Sample: Excerpt from 'Arapatiki' performed by Stephen De Pledge

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Sample: Excerpt from Arapatiki

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Arapatiki was commissioned by Stephen De Pledge as one of a series of Landscape preludes, and received its first performance in the Wigmore Hall, London, in January, 2004. Arapatiki translates (from the Maori language) as 'the way of the flounder', and is the ancient name of the sand flats in front of my house at Harwood, near Dunedin. The piece has something to do with the advance and retreat of the tide across the flats, where many species of sea and water birds spend much of the day - an ever-varying water-scape. The opening idea is based on the song of the korimako or bellbird.

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Commissioned by Stephen de Pledge

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Performance history

23 Jan 2003: Premiered by Stephen de Pledge (piano) at Wigmore Hall, London

30 Mar 2004: Performed by Stephen de Pledge (piano) at Helen Young Studio, Auckland for Radio New Zealand Concert

19 Jun 2007: Encompass: Tuhonohono

21 Jun 2007: Encomapss: Tuhonohono

27 Feb 2008: Landscapes

30 Mar 2008: Ross Carey - pianist

25 Aug 2010: NZ Landscapes in UK

05 Apr 2011: Stephen De Pledge at The New Zealand International Piano Festival

04 Jul 2011: Stephen de Pledge: Landscape Preludes

22 Mar 2012: Stephen de Pledge presents the "Landscape Preludes" to Scotland

02 Jul 2015: The Wallace National Piano Competition | Opening Ceremony

Performed by Emma Sayers (piano)

Performed by Henry Wong Doe.

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