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and the garden was full of voices

for vocalising pianist

Year:  2010 Instrumentation:  for piano

Year:  2010
Instrumentation  for piano

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This work is dedicated to Barry Margan, who commissioned it. We collaborated extensively on its inspirations, sonic, literary and metaphysical and he provided the poetic titles of the first and third movements. The title (and that of the second movement) and the garden was full of voices is from a line of Bill Manhire’s: I stayed a minute/and the garden was full of voices.

The garden and its metaphorical voices, songs, chants and echoes come to life in this ritualistic and meditative work, from the tui calls of the first movement, transcribed directly from my garden, to the more abstracted whistles and nocturnal, dreamlike vocalisations of the second and third. A preoccupation with repeated notes throughout sprang from those of the tui which pervaded Auckland this summer.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Barry Margan as part of the SOUNZtender Project

Dedication note

Dedicated to Barry Margan

Contents note

i. the air sings of life
ii. moon darkened by song
iii. the ancient chants are echoes of death

Text note

Text by Barry Margan (no. i and iii) and Bill Manhire (no. ii)

Performance history

30 May 2010: SOUNZtender: the Concert

21 Sep 2011: Gao Ping: and the garden was full of voices

Performed by Dean Sky-Lucas (piano, voice).