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for violin and piano

Year:  2007   ·  Duration:  7m 30s

Year:  2007
Duration:  7m 30s

Robin Toan

Composer:   Robin Toan

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Tutukaka is a reflective work inspired by Tutukaka in Northland, New Zealand. The work is based around a lyrical melody that is first played by the violin at the start of the piece. The melody gently carries memories of isolated beaches, watching the tides ebb and flow and the powerful feeling of standing on the tip of a headland looking out into the ocean.

The music in turn visits other memories; the swirling waves at Matapouri beach, watching a lighthouse glow unfailingly every night and seagulls scavenging around the fishing boats.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Chamber Music New Zealand Trust for Julia McCarthy and John Chen with funding from Creative New Zealand.

Dedication note

for John Chen and Julia McCarthy

Contents note

Single movement made up of different parts: Pacific Bay, Matapouri, Pacific Bay, Lighthouse, Pacific Bay, Seagulls, Pacific Bay, Matapouri, Pacific Rendezvous

Performance history