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Nigel : for clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano

by Angus Davison (2021)

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Work Overview

Nigel tells the story of a bird that fell in love with a statue. Once, many seabirds lived on New Zealand's Mana Island, but introduced species wiped them out. In an attempt to re-establish a colony, conservationists planted stone birds on Mana and broadcast birdcalls through speakers. The plan failed. Almost. One gannet, Nigel, settled on the island. He fell in love with a stone bird, choosing it as his mate. He built it a nest and there, in solitude, lived out his life. Nigel inspired my composition. Movement one depicts his life on windswept Mana Island, surrounded by statues. Movement two is a pure flight of fancy, charting Nigel's journey to some kind of bird afterlife. Nigel is an act of mourning and of celebration. It asks us to consider the complex inner lives of animals that we may view them with new and radical compassion.

Work Details

Year: 2021

Instrumentation: Clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: I. Love and Solitude -- II. Nigel's Ascent.

Commission note: Commissioned by Omega Ensemble.. Commissioned by Omega Ensemble as part of the 2021 CoLAB: Composer Accelerator Program


Resonate article: ISCM World New Music Days 2023: Australian Section selections by Australian Music Centre

Resonate article: ISCM World New Music Days, South Africa: Music selections announced by Australian Music Centre

Performances of this work

4 Dec 21: Sydney Opera House. Featuring Omega Ensemble.

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