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Three Aspects of Spring consists of three movements in three distinct but complementary styles. The first, Idyll, is the simplest and most romantic. A song-like phrase is constantly repeated over an evolving accompaniment. The second movement, Bushwalk, a pointillistic canon, uses fragments taken from the songs of three New Zealand birds, the tui, the kereru (or giant wood pigeon) and the korimako (bellbird). You will hear the same material played four times: by the piano (left hand), the clarinet, the piano (right hand), and finally the violin. The final movement, Synergy, is built on a jaunty 7/8 ostinato derived from a solomon Island panpipe tune which works with an against two more conventional tunes in 6/8 and 3/4 respectively.
Three Aspects of Spring is dedicated to the Verdehr Trio. They gave its world premiere at Casa Thomas Jefferson in Brasillia on September 20, 2002 and US premiere at The Phillips Collection in Washington DC on February 22, 2003. They have since taken it on tour with them throughout the world.
Notes taken from album Music from Down Under - The Verdehr Trio Vol. 18
To the Verdehr Trio
I. October Idyll
20 Sep 2002: Performed by Verdehr Trio; Casa Thomas Jefferson, Brasilia, Brazil
22 Feb 2003: Performed by the Verdehr Trio at The Phillips Collection in Washington DC, USA
21 Jan 2011: Performed at the Valdosta State University, in USA
28 Jan 2011: Performed at the Oklahoma City University, in USA
18 Feb 2011: Performed at the Seaside Institute, in USA
25 Feb 2011: Performed at the Florida Gulf Coast University, in USA
10 Apr 2015: CMNZ Encompass | Menagerie South, Kerikeri
12 Apr 2015: CMNZ Encompass | Menagerie South, Tauranga
02 May 2015: CMNZ Encompass | Menagerie South, Rangiora
Performed by the Verdehr Trio