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"I enjoyed performing and recording Eulogy very much. Such a warmth of texture and harmonies which created a sympathetic palette for Olivia Macassey’s word painting"
– Kenneth Young
My decision to set this text for orchestra initially arose, not only from reading the poem and appreciating it for what it is, but also from the recent passing of a dear musician colleague with whom I had collaborated on many early jazz projects.
However, at time of writing, I have become most un-nerved by the senseless loss of young life that has been occurring with alarming regularity at a couple of schools I have recently taught at. It was with these tremendously sad, sudden passings in mind that I completed my work on the piano short score of Eulogy, before commencing work on its orchestration.
– Yvette Audain
Composed upon invitation to participate in the 2010/2011 APO Graduate Composers' Workshop
Text by Olivia Macassey, copyright 1994
09 Aug 2010: Workshopped by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra as part of the 2010/2011 APO Graduate Composers Workshop, with conductor Kenneth Young and narrator Stuart Devenie at the Philharmonia Hall, in Auckland
15 Sep 2010: Workshopped by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra as part of the 2010/2011 APO Graduate Composers Workshop, with conductor Kenneth Young and narrator Stuart Devenie at the Philharmonia Hall, in Auckland
11 May 2011: APO NZ Composer Development: Works with Words