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Eternal Music or How Do Pākehā Prepare for Death

for mixed ensemble

Year:  2022 Instrumentation:  6+ performers, any instrumentation

Year:  2022
Instrumentation  6+ performers, any instrume...

Noel Meek

Composer:   Noel Meek


This composition derives from my thinking on the impending death of my brother from a rare and aggressive form of melanoma. As a Pākehā from an atheistic family, I realised very quickly after his diagnosis that my family had no structure or ritual to fall back on to cope with or understand his passing. Pākehā, upon coming to Aotearoa, have left much behind in Europe, some good, some bad, some necessary for understanding the rhythms of life and death. This music is not intended as a replacement or stand-in for the rituals we have left behind, but is a meditation on their absence. In their absence, it attempts to ask: are there other rhythms we can attend to?

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The score can be obtained by contacting the composer.