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the angel of the waikato

YEAR: 2012

ORCHESTRATION: trumpet and piano

DURATION: 4'

COMMISSIONED BY: Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music

DEDICATION: Quiksilver

AVAILABILITY: ABRSM

PREMIERE INFORMATION:

Score published by ABRSM, ISBN 978-1-84849-711-5

INTRODUCTION:

Waikato is a Maori word which means flowing water. The Waikato river is the longest river in New Zealand, (in fact 264 miles long) and flows through the towns of Hamilton, Cambridge and Ngaruawahia in North Island, New Zealand. When I first saw it, I was mesmerised by its sheer beauty, the unspoilt landscape around it and its peaceful flowing quality. ‘Waikato’ also refers to the region where the Waikato river flows.

“Waikato” is the Maori word for flowing water and also the name of New Zealand’s longest river. There are many traditions concerning the river, including legends of a mythical spirit dwelling there. This work should ideally be performed dramatically, and may be further enhanced by the use of a specially created digital soundtrack or video projected during the performance. The multimedia dimension should add value as an original and unique interpretation of the music and the theme, rather than serving merely as decoration.

The woodblock should be high in pitch and could be substituted by a high xylophone bar. Either should be carefully prepared, mounted on its own stand, so that the trumpet player can reach it easily. Alternatively, it may be played by a separate performer.

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