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Learning to nudge the wind

for orchestra

Year:  2010   ·  Duration:  10m 40s
Instrumentation:  2*222; 2200; timp., perc.; strings | (Perc: suspended cymbal, metal wind chime, triangle, tam-tam, marimba)

Year:  2010
Duration:  10m 40s
Instrumentation  2*222; 2200; timp., perc.; ...

Composer:   Louise Webster

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Aotearoa is a long narrow land surrounded by sea and buffeted by the wind. We who live here learn to know the direction of the prevailing winds and to track the changes in the sky and on the water. As a child visiting grandparents in Wellington I was mesmerised by the evanescent sweep of wind and wave patterns on the harbour surface as gusts blew silver and black across the water. I listened to the adults talk; they spoke of ‘southerly changes’, of ‘squalls’, and of the wind ‘going around to the south’. A new language that conjured images of a dynamic interchange with the wind. The line ‘learning to nudge the wind’ is taken from a Cilla McQueen poem, and captures for me that relationship. ‘Learning to nudge the wind’ was written for St. Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra and had its first performance in May 2010.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by St Matthew's Chamber Orchestra

Difficulty note

good community orchestra with good wind players

Contents note

a single movement work

Text note

The title of this work is taken from the poem 'Quark Dance' by Cilla McQueen

Performance history

16 May 2010: Performed by the St. Matthew's Chamber Orchestra conducted by Michael Joel at St. Matthew's in the City, Auckland

Performed by the Wellington Chamber Orchestra conducted by Michael Joel, in 2010

Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra with conductor Hamish McKeich in June 2012

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