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Pearls of the Sea

for bass flute and harp

Year:  2005   ·  Duration:  8m

Year:  2005
Duration:  8m

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'Pearls of the Sea' is a line from an evocative poem by NZ artist Len Lye , and hints at the magical, somewhat ritualistic qualities of this freeform piece. When Bridget suggested I write for the bass flute, I was struck with composerly enthusiasm for this newfound sonorous wonder, whose personality seems to encompass a touch of Japanese shakuhachi, trombone, foghorn and even low tomtom, as well as the more obvious qualities of its sisters (the alto and C flutes). It was a thrill to write for these instruments in combination, particularly as Bridget and Carolyn had already played my a pink-lit phase for flute viola and harp and were keen to have something similar. This work was commissioned by Chamber Music NZ for the duo Flight and is dedicated to Bridget Douglas and Carolyn Mills. They premiered it on a NZ tour in 2005.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Chamber Music New Zealand for Flight (Bridget Douglas and Carolyn Mills) for their 2005 New Zealand tour

Carolyn Mills

Performance history

25 Sep 2005: Performed by Bridget Douglas (flute), Carolyn Mills (harp); Theatre Royal, TSB Showplace, New Plymouth

08 Jun 2008: Flight - Music 45 ° Below

25 Jan 2009: Flights of Fancy

04 Mar 2011: Flight - NZSM Lunchtime Concert

30 May 2019: Performed by Bridget Douglas (bass flute) and Carolyn Mills (harp) for Stroma at the Hannah Playhouse, Wellington

30 May 2019: STROMA | Where Sea Meets Sky
Featuring: John Rimmer

Performed by Flight – Bridget Douglas (bass flute) and Carolyn Mills (harp)

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