Composer Gareth Farr Te Tai-O-Rehua

Te Tai-O-Rehua translates from Māori language as ‘The Tasman Sea’ – the turbulent body of water that separates New Zealand from Australia. The piece was co-commissioned by the Goldner Quartet and Chamber Music New Zealand in honour of the 21st anniversary of the Wellington and Sydney sister-city relationship.

In this work Gareth uses an unusual scale built out of minor thirds and minor seconds which contributes to the dark mood of the piece – and the melodies are very rhythmically constructed with irregular phrase lengths to keep it unpredictabe.

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