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for full orchestra

Year:  2007   ·  Duration:  5m 25s
Instrumentation:  2222; 3331; timp; perc; hp; strings | (Perc: 2 susp. cymbals, bass drum, low woodblock, tenor drum, marimba)

Year:  2007
Duration:  5m 25s
Instrumentation  2222; 3331; timp; perc; hp;...

Ryan Youens

Composer:   Ryan Youens

Films, Audio & Samples

Ryan Youens: Rakaia - AUDIO

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Sample Score

Sample: Climax: Pages 13-17

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Rakaia is a work for full orchestra characterised by the great Rakaia River in the South Island of New Zealand. The Rakaia begins its journey in the Southern Alps and reaches the Pacific Ocean 150km later just south of Christchurch. This piece follows that journey.

When I spent time studying in the South Island, the visits to and when crossing over the Rakaia river were always a sense of thorough enjoyment and amazement. When the opportunity arose to write a ‘river inspired’ work, the Rakaia was the clear choice.

Part of the commission of Rakaia was to write in a style both enjoyable and challenging for the players and audience, and for it to appeal to wide variety of audiences - young, old, families, a usual ‘concertgoing’ audience and those who are not.

Rakaia was commissioned by the Auckland Symphony Orchestra in June 2007 and was premiered in the Auckland Town Hall on Sunday 5th August 2007 under the baton of Gary Daverne.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by the Auckland Symphony Orchestra

Performance history

05 Aug 2007: Performed by Auckland Symphony Orchestra at Auckland Town Hall

12 Aug 2007: Performed by the Auckland Symphony Orchestra at the Bruce Mason Centre

04 May 2008: 2008 NZSO-SOUNZ Readings 1

Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra with conductor Luke Dollman at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington.

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