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Cries of Auckland

for vocal sextet and string quartet

Year:  2015 Instrumentation:  2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, tenor (with loudhailer), baritone, bass, 2 violins, viola and cello (with bass drum and mallet)

Year:  2015
Instrumentation  2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, ...

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Cries of Auckland is based on calls and chants from the resonant concrete and steel canyon of my home city's downtown artery, Queen St. These vocalisations have woven an evocative sonic web throughout my life and speak strongly to me in different ways. Beginning with the penetrating, nasal calls of the Auckland Star boys selling their newspapers, I traverse several decades of protest marches in which I have taken part, including anti-Springbok Tour, the Occupy Movement and recent anti-Asset Sales and anti-TPPA rallies.


Commissioned note

Commissioned by the New Zealand String Quartet with funding from Creative New Zealand for the 2015 Adam Chamber Music Festival, Nelson, New Zealand.

Performance history

07 Feb 2015: Performed by The Song Company (director Roland Peelman) and the Ying String Quartet at Nelson Cathedral during the Adam Chamber Music Festival.

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