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Coming to It

for orchestra and speaker

Year:  1999   ·  Duration:  19m
Instrumentation:  2*2*2*2; 2200; 2 perc.; guitar (amplified); strings | (Perc: tam-tam, bs.dr, wind chimes, susp. cym, glock., xylo., 2 woodblocks, bongos, drum kit)

Year:  1999
Duration:  19m
Instrumentation  2*2*2*2; 2200; 2 perc.; gui...

Composer:   Anthony Ritchie

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Coming to It was commissioned by the Wellington Sinfonia (now Vector Wellington Orchestra) to collaborate with Sam Hunt. The poems and music speak from the heart about the everyday issues and concerns of ordinary people. There are poems about mothers, fathers, lovers, children and dogs. The poems touch on life and death, and the title incidents between that on the surface seem insignificant but have meaning for those involved. The scene is set in the opening poem, Coming to It. Some of the music is bluesy in character, as in the Plateau Songs, and some is folksy in style, as in A White Gentian, where the guitar and flute play a duet. Occasionally the music specifically describes the text, as in the hammering, migraine-like You House the Moon.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by the Wellington Sinfonia (now Vector Wellington Orchestra)

Text note

Poems by Sam Hunt

Performance history

31 Jul 1999: Performed by Sam Hunt (poet), Wellington Sinfonia (now Vector Wellington Orchestra) at Regent Theatre, Masterton

16 May 2007: Discovery Concert Series

Performed by Auckland Chamber Orchestra conducted by Peter Scholes with Sam Hunt (reciter)

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