'The great harbour of Tara'
opus 17, a tone poem in praise of te whanganui o Tara

Ray Twomey
Composer
Ray Twomey
Composition Date: 1998
Duration: 00:13:55
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Flute
  • 2 x Oboe
  • 2 x Clarinet
  • 2 x Bassoon
  • 4 x Horn
  • 3 x Trumpet
  • 3 x Trombone
  • 1 x Tuba
  • 1 x Timpani
  • 2 x Percussion
  • 1 x Harp
  • 1 x Unspecified bowed strings
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Full orchestra
Programme Note:
"The work starts with atmosphere - waves lapping very gently on Petone beach and the tinkle of sand. The main theme sounds on the Fr. horn then the music builds and eventually a reference is made to the old whaling days followed by a storm (a characteristic of Cook Strait - the infamous 'Southerly') building to hurricane force strength. The storm also alludes to the sinking of the Wahini in the '60s. An elegy for strings follows in honour of the victims of that disaster. The mood gradually changes to calm acceptance and on to an optimistic view of Wellington's future, a big, full tutti. The work closes with the atmosphere of sand, surf and evening." (from score)

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 1100 T974gre 1998
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • June 5, 2003
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (39 p.) ; 28 cm.
    39 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 66
    18 parts ([66] p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • For orchestra.

    Instrumentation : 2222/4331/harp, timp, perc(2)/strings.

    Dedicated to Patricia & Vincent Kerr and their daughters Isabel and Charlotte.

    Photocopy; master of score in CMC Toronto.
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