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He Awa Whiria

for piano trio

Year:  2022   ·  Duration:  9m 30s
Instrumentation:  violin, cello, piano

Year:  2022
Duration:  9m 30s
Instrumentation  violin, cello, piano

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He Awa Whiria reflects the organic growth of a braided river as it constantly forms, reforms, and morphs during its journey. As it flows down from the Southern Alps, the Waimakariri is typical of a braided river in that small sedimentary particles are picked up, moved, and deposited along the fluctuating route, thus changing the depth and often shape of the river bed. This process is mirrored in the music. The framework is simple, with five sections in a throughcomposed single movement form, all following stages of the river – source, current, sanctuary, torrent, and mouth.

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Composed for 'Force of Nature: Celebrating 100 Years of Forest & Bird'

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