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Three Pieces Op. 118a

for viola and guitar

Year:  2005   ·  Duration:  10m

Year:  2005
Duration:  10m

Composer:   Anthony Ritchie


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Three Pieces was commissioned by Donald Maurice and Matthew Marshall for their tour of Europe in 2005. They are re-arrangements of songs from the cycle Five Dunedin Songs for tenor and guitar (1996) which set poems by Bernadette Hall. Hall was the Burns Fellow at the University of Otago and the composer struck up a friendship with her, leading to this collaboration. ‘Song’ is a whimsical depiction of a stone sculpture in Christchurch of a mother and child. ‘Tomahawk Sonnet’ is about the burial of the poet’s father at Anderson’s Bay (Tomahawk Beach) in Dunedin. ‘Lovesong’ is a light-hearted song about the absence of a lover. Three Pieces was subsequently adapted for violin and guitar by the composer in 2011.

Published in 2021 by Hatchet Music Ltd, edited by Matthew Marshall and Andrew Filmer.

Version also available for violin and guitar (Op. 118b)

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Donald Maurice and Matthew Marshall

Contents note

Three movements:

  1. Song
  2. Tomahawk Sonnet
  3. Lovesong