5 pieces for piano
About the work
I wrote this set of pieces, for pianists of intermediate ability, during 2009 while I was living in Alexandra in Central Otago as artist-in-residence for the Henderson Arts Trust.
Barbara Henderson, who lived in the Plischke-designed house before it became an artist’s residence, would visit her studio in the garden most weeks. So I wrote these pieces for her birthday, and they were played by my sister Joyce at Central Stories in Alexandra at Barbara’s birthday celebration.
There are 5 movements, which can be played separately or in this order:
- Hoar frost with fire siren
- Taking a line for a walk
- Landscape with quail
- Outlines through rising mist, and
- River talk.
Central Landscapes is dedicated to Barbara Henderson.
I subsequently arranged the pieces for the Central Regional Otago Orchestra.
Scores and recordings
All 5 pieces were published by the Sunrise Music Trust in Take Flight — music from New Zealand for intermediate pianists. Gillian Bibby recorded the pieces for a CD that accompanies the book.