Waharoa : for oboe, bassoon and piano
by Ben Hoadley (2018)
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The title Waharoa refers to the place of that name in the Waikato region of New Zealand. I sometimes visit a grove of kahikatea trees there and the opening motif, heard throughout the piece, is based on a korimako (bellbird) call that I heard there in December 2016. While composing the piece, I received news of the death of our friend Steven Alward in Sydney, and the call of an Australian grey butcherbird is also heard at one point. Waharoa is scored for oboe, bassoon and piano and was written in Thames in January 2018.
Instrumentation: Oboe, bassoon, piano.
Duration: 9 min.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Jan Low
First performance: by Ensemble Francaix — 6 May 18. Macedon Music, Macedon, Victoria
- Inspired by: Birdsong
Performances of this work
17 May 19: Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne. Featuring Members of the Australian National Academy of Music, Liam Wooding.
6 May 18: Macedon Music, Macedon, Victoria. Featuring Ensemble Francaix.
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