We congratulate all those students who entered our second NZTrio Composing Competition: Turn a Phrase – we had two days of immersive and inspiring sessions reading through your scores. To find out who has advanced to the workshop level, click on this link: http://nztrio.com/composing-competition/
It was exciting to see words and imagery from a vast range of New Zealand writers and poets given new context through each composer's distinct musical language and we look forward to sharing our thoughts at the workshops in a couple of weeks!
Aaaand to help you with that 3:30'itis on this not-so-fine Thursday avo - one more from our FLARE series with Simon O'Neil performing #JulietPalmer's work Vermilion Songs. Thanks to SOUNZ Resound project, it can be relived :)
The Resound project brings you films of three works from the beautifully restored Great Hall at the Arts Centre of Christchurch. In November 2016 the members of NZTrio (Justine Cormack - violin, Ashley Brown - cello, Sarah Watkins - piano) teamed up with their old friend, the internationally renowned Wagnerian tenor Simon O'Neill, for a programme of works ranging from Bach to a new commission of Juliet Palmer, with arrangements of Strauss and Mahler (by New Zealanders Alex Taylor and Kenneth Young respectively) in between.
We start with Juliet Palmer's 'Vermillion Songs', a setting of six poems by Emily Dickinson that travel "insights of science, through contemplation of pain, disorientation, a return to consciousness, acceptance of the fragility of existence, to a final song of death." The composer writes of her hope of offering listeners, "a fresh glimpse into the poetry of the human body".
'Vermillion Songs' was composed with funding from Creative New Zealand. Resound is funded by NZ On Air. The sound recording used in this film was realised by Alex van den Broek.
NZTrio loves to hear about new compositions for piano trio. If you wish to send us a score or recording of your work, please forward it to our manager. Be advised that due to the number of compositions we receive, we will not be able to return material or acknowledge receipt. However, please be sure to include your contact details, so we can get in touch if there is an opportunity to add your work to our repertoire.