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So Many Rivers

for piano trio

Instrumentation:  piano, violin and cello

Instrumentation  piano, violin and cello

Judy Bailey

Composer:   Judy Bailey


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This work endeavours to portray concepts that are both literal and allegorical in nature.

The composition begins as it ends, with a calm, almost meditative state, but in between its curves and meanderings we detect the gradual emergence of almost hidden movement – the subtle shifts of mood, the gathering momentum with hints of playfulness, the growing turbulence, the troubled and sometimes tormented complexity that may eventually find its way through to a flowing serenity, and not to forget the 'passing nod' that reflects the historical and cultural influence of the various regions that may be encountered on this journey.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by the NZTrio and Chamber Music New Zealand, with funding from Creative New Zealand

Performance history

18 Apr 2010: NZTrio: Hamilton

20 Apr 2010: NZTrio: Auckland

21 Apr 2010: NZTrio: Palmerston North

22 Apr 2010: NZTrio: New Plymouth

24 Apr 2010: NZTrio: Wellington

26 Apr 2010: NZTrio: Napier

27 Apr 2010: NZTrio: Christchurch

01 May 2010: NZTrio: Invercargill

03 May 2010: NZTrio: Nelson

04 May 2010: NZTrio: Dunedin

08 Nov 2014: NZTrio | Artᶾ at Whangarei Arts Museum

16 Nov 2014: NZTrio | An Afternoon of Beautiful Music

Performed by NZTrio

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