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Te Matua Ngahere : for chamber orchestra

by James Wade (2006)

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Performance by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Brett Dean from the CD Te Matua Ngahere

Te Matua Ngahere


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Te Matua Ngahere / James Wade.

Library shelf no. CD 1665 [Available for loan]

Te Matua Ngahere


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Te Matua Ngahere : for chamber orchestra / James Wade.

Library shelf no. Q 784.3/WAD 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Te Matua Ngahere ("The Father of the Forest") is an ancient kauri tree, believed to be more than 2000 years old, located in the Waipoua Kauri Forest on the North Island of New Zealand. Being in the presence of this tree several years ago has remained as one of the most profound experiences of my life. This inspiration, coupled with a series of recent walks through different botanical gardens around Victoria, provided much of the motivation for this piece. This stimulus has been in some instances direct, for example, aurally recreating the visual textures of the environments that I encountered. Alternatively, inspiration came simply through reflecting upon these experiences.

Work Details

Year: 2006

Instrumentation: Flute (doubling piccolo), oboe (doubling cor anglais), 2 clarinets in B flat (second doubling bass clarinet), bassoon (doubling contra-bassoon), 2 horns in F, 2 trumpets in B flat, trombone, tuba, percussion (3 players), harp, piano, strings (

Duration: 11 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.. Commissioned by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra through the Cybec 21st Century Composers program.

First performance: by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Brett Dean — 15 May 06. Malthouse, Melbourne


Te Matua Ngahere, by James Wade

Source: https://www.sounz.org.nz/

James Wade was a gentle and thoughtful presence at the 2016 NZ Composer Sessions, a composer from Australia with strong family links to New Zealand. We were greatly saddened to learn of James’s passing in 2017 and we are pleased to be able to bring you his ‘Te Matua Ngahere’ in this Resound film.



Performances of this work

15 May 06: Malthouse, Melbourne. Featuring Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Brett Dean.

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