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Waikoropupu - Hidden Springs

for chamber orchestra

Year:  1995 Instrumentation:  1111; 2210; timp., 2 perc; pno; strings | (Perc: xylophone, clapper, guiro, triangle, woodblock, crash cymbal)

Year:  1995
Instrumentation  1111; 2210; timp., 2 perc; ...

Composer:   Ian McDonald


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This short, simple work celebrates the region and the people of Golden Bay, Nelson, by taking the local geographical feature, Pupu Springs, as a structural starting point and symbol for creativity.

Section A (Underground Activity) represents water underground and Ruaumoko, the hidden source of creativity, with its static feeling of increasing longing. B is bubbling, flowing water - energy released. C (Agitated Movement) is water seeking the surface - creative energy pushing against resistance. D, a kind of double stretto, suggest the many springs and streams in the area, free and complex activity, the edge of chaos, where creativity resides. E celebrates the deep, crystal pool of Pupu Springs and its flora and fauna - a moment of serenity before returning to Agitated Movement (F), Underground Energy (G) and Flowing Water (H) as the cycle begins again.