Within a programme bookended by classics of the string quartet repertoire, Puhake ki te rangi (spouting to the skies) is the Australian premiere of a 21st century New Zealand work. The taonga puoro used in this piece are mostly made from whale bone or bone from the albatross, the whale’s avian counterpart.
Written in 2006 the piece reflects the extreme range and changing pattern of whale song. Composer Gillian Whitehead was inspired by the image of a whale in Campbell Island waters, allowing seal pups at play to slide down her flanks over and over again, until, tiring of the game, she flips them gently away.
Featured non-Australian music: Beethoven, Gareth Farr, Smetana
Featured Australian Works
||Puhake ki te rangi (string quartets with maori instruments) by Gillian Whitehead — Australian premiere|
— performed by New Zealand String Quartet and Richard Nunns
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