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Oakura Chimes

for guitar

Bruce Paine

Composer:   Bruce Paine


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'The opening section of the piece is intended to give an impression of the chimes gently moving in the breeze. This evolves into melodic material occasionally interspersed with wind chime arpeggios (natural harmonics). Overall the piece is meant to depict the peaceful Oakura garden setting which included rabbits, quails, and other bird life.

'While with Yvonne I learned of her affection for defenceless animals and disgust at the way many are treated, such as poisoning and the destruction of habitats, etc. She does her best to care for those that frequent her garden and neighbouring fields. She also pointed out new monarch butterflies flexing their wings and preparing to fly and how she was careful to protect the chrysalises so that they would have the best chance to fully develop.

'In the music I have arpeggios in harmonics that slowly ascend then later descend to represent a butterfly opening and closing its wings. This evolves into the butterfly's first flight represented by rapid arpeggios. After the flight there is a recapitulation of the opening melodic material and transition to material similar to the "chimes-esque" introduction.'

-- Bruce Paine, from the liner notes to Waitematā Reverie (Naxos)