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I thought it best to write a piece that suggests the earthquakes and the rebuilt Auditorium, but only in a very oblique and abstract way. However, there are major upheavals within the music which could be interpreted as mirroring the major upheavals the 2010/11 earthquakes caused the city and its inhabitants. At the same time, the piece is sufficiently abstract to be played at any other occasion.
The work is in three sections, first and last being very active and dynamic - even violent. Nested within the first and last section is a quieter more reflective section, although it still embodies some veiled tension.
-- Chris Cree Brown --
Commissioned by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra