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Te Moanapouri

for cor anglais, harp and string orchestra

Year:  2006   ·  Duration:  7m

Year:  2006
Duration:  7m

Ross Harris

Composer:   Ross Harris

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Sample Score

Sample: Pages 1-5

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In Memory of Verona – drowned at sea 2005

In June 2005 my niece Verona sailed from Nelson heading for a romantic holiday in Rarotonga. She traveled with her beloved partner on his yacht. They ran into a severe storm north of New Zealand and were never found.

While writing this piece I came across reference to a quote from Tristan and Isolde in The Waste Land – "Öd' und leer das Meer" – "desolate and empty the sea". In both the Wagner’s and T. S. Eliot’s works the reference is to drowning at sea. When I discovered that the words were sung, in the opera, by the Shepherd (who plays Cor Anglais) it seemed appropriate for Te Moanapouri to end with a brief quotation from Act III of Tristan and Isolde.

Dedication note

In Memory of Verona - drowned at sea in 2005