Solo instrument

For viola

Ricercare was commissioned by Philip Clark with funding from the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council, and first performed by him at the Maidment Theatre, Auckland in 1976.

About the work

In Ricercare a series of 3 recitatives and arias develop in and out of each other so that there is no clear-cut division between them.

Like much of my music at the time, the pitches, rhythms and section structure are based on proportions based on a magic square — this time the square of Mercury.

Score and recording

Contact me if you are interested in seeing the score.


RNZ Concert recorded Philip Clark’s performance.

Ricercare — audio