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Five Anniversary Haiku

for orchestra

Year:  2016   ·  Duration:  13m
Instrumentation:  3*22*2; 4231; timp., 2 perc., strings | (Perc: small susp. cymbal, bass drum, maracas, snare drum)

Year:  2016
Duration:  13m
Instrumentation  3*22*2; 4231; timp., 2 perc...

John Rimmer

Composer:   John Rimmer

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John Rimmer: 'Astrolabe' an...

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These five short pieces are specially composed for the Nelson Symphony Orchestra 50th Anniversary.

Each piece is based on a short evocative poem written by the composer. The poems containing Nelsonian images are modelled on the Japanese literary form the 'haiku'.

  1. Sacred Dawn - before the sun, a hint of specked chant.

  2. Tidal Surge - the tide rises and surges over the cycle track

  3. Dancing Trees - buffeted, the trees dance a thousand steps

  4. Astrolabe - calm the roadstead, a distant hornpipe approaches

  5. Reefs and Riffs - the sea swirls over the reefs glimpsing a joyful song


Difficulty note

Suitable for amateur orchestra.

Dedication note

For the Nelson Symphony Orchestra's 50th Anniversary.

Contents note

1. Sacred Dawn
2. Tidal Surge
3.Dancing Trees
4. Astrolabe
5. Reefs and Riffs