Cirrus

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dc.contributor.author Matthews, Stephen en
dc.contributor.other NZSO en
dc.contributor.other McKeich, H en
dc.coverage.spatial Wellington Town Hall en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-23T00:18:11Z en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-06T05:38:19Z en
dc.date.issued 2007 en
dc.identifier.citation Cirrus 2007 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/18892 en
dc.description My role in the creation of this work was as the composer as well as the provision of complete parts to the NZSO including the addition of the final string bowings en
dc.description.abstract The title Cirrus is taken from the first stanza of James K. Baxter’s poem, High Country Weather (1948). Alone we are born And die alone Yet see the red-gold cirrus Over snow mountain shine Upon the upland road Ride easy stranger Surrender to the sky Your heart of anger What appealed was the depiction of individual endeavour, the expansive backdrop of New Zealand rural imagery and the poem’s final plea. Despite the foreboding beginning, metaphorically the ‘red-gold cirrus’ foretells of a change for the better. Cirrus are beautiful high transparent clouds typically streaming in the direction of the wind, usually signalling the arrival of fair weather. The opening of the piece employs high-pitched bell-like chords. While the upper and lower strings hold a sustained note, a bass clarinet introduces the first significant melodic theme. After the first full-orchestral climax the texture of the climax quickly dissipates to reveal a high-pitched modal melody. The brass abruptly interrupts this moment of quiet with an augmentation of the previous theme. After this interruption subsides the character of the music gradually becomes more uplifting and confident. Then solo instruments perform themes over a lively syncopated chromatic pizzicato bass line and variations of the original theme repeat, driving the music forward to reach the final climax. The piece ends with a final recapitulation of the high modal melody and arpeggiated echoes of the opening bell-like chords in the tuned percussion. en
dc.format.extent 9'45" en
dc.relation.ispartof NZSO and SOUNZ Reading en
dc.relation.replaces http://hdl.handle.net/2292/18155 en
dc.relation.replaces 2292/18155 en
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dc.rights.uri https://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/docs/uoa-docs/rights.htm en
dc.title Cirrus en
dc.type Composition en
pubs.commissioning-body NZSO and SOUNZ en
pubs.finish-date 2007-09 en
pubs.publication-status Published en
pubs.start-date 2007-02 en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/RestrictedAccess en
pubs.elements-id 300463 en
pubs.org-id Creative Arts and Industries en
pubs.org-id Music en
pubs.events My role in the creation of this work was as the composer as well as the provision of complete parts to the NZSO including the addition of the final string bowings en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2012-02-22 en


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