mezzo-soprano and organ
Text: excerpts from the Requiem Mass
Requiem was written while I was composer-in-residence for Northern Arts (U.K.) in response to a commission from English Dance theatre for a piece for voice and organ to be danced in a number of British cathedrals over the summer. Unfortunately, the company dissolved before the project was put in place, but Requiem was subsequently staged in Wellington's 1987 Sonic Circus.
The main sections of the Requiem mass are set, but only excerpts from the Dies Irae text are used.
four dancers, actor, flute/picc, Bb/bass clar, cello
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out the window breath bone feather, devised with Carol Brown, draws on the extraordinarily rich history of the Pah homestead in Hillsborough, Auckland, with its changing populations of landed gentry, servants, orphans, nuns, immigrants and those in need of emergency housing, acknowledging as well the prehistory and its site as a former pah. The piece explores the memories and stories that resonate through the house and landscape, integrating and blurring the boundaries between dance, music, time and text. The work, whose genesis drew on elements of the natural world, is adaptable to different situations. For instance, a section drawing on the energies of an incoming tide here becomes the rising tide of memories engendered through time. Musically, there are several set pieces, while other sections, which may involve musicians interacting with the other performers, are improvised.
First performance: Pah homestead, 21st October, 2013.
Dancers: Kelly Nash, Nancy Wijohn, Emilia Rubio, Zahra Killeen-Chance. Actor: Peter Tait. Musicians from 175 East: Luca Manghi, Andrew Uren, Katherine Hebley.
Written while the composer was the Wallace Arts Trust artist-in-residence, with additional support from a CNZ Quick response grant for initial development, and Carol Brown's research award through the University of Auckland's NICAI's Faculty Research and Development Fund.
Narrator, notated/improvising clar/sax, improvising piano, improvising percussion
Text: Cilla McQueen
First perf: Trust Bank Theatre, Dunedin, 1992.
Programme Notes to come.
Written with financial assistance from the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of New Zealand (now Creative New Zealand). Funders: Creative New Zealand