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Clarion: by Eve De Castro Robinson

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Commissioned with an award from the APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund.

Premiered on 19 February 2020 with the St Andrews New Music Ensemble conducted John Wallace.

New Zealand Premiere on 16 March 2020 with Auckland Chamber Orchestra conducted Peter Scholes and recorded for Radio New Zealand and SOUNZ.

Research included archive visits to the Marischal Museum and The National Museum of Scotland to view collections of Taonga pūoro, as well as the creation of three pūtātara for the performances. This research was connected to 'Recovering Samoan Instrumental Music to Promote Cultural Heritage and Enterprise' (PI Emma Sutton).

The performances of Clarion were also part of 'Music Planet' (PI Richard Bates): 'Research shows that an understanding of our warming climate can be seen in the carbon being layered in the growth of the conch shell. Like the shell, de Castro-Robinson builds up instrumental layers in Clarion building gradually to its cataclysmic climax with the trumpeter utilising a range of calls and cries, keening, moaning, alerting, and sounding a warning to us of our need to act in the current climate emergency.'


Original languageEnglish
PublisherRadio New Zealand
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 19 Feb 2020

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