The piece is inspired by the beauty of the koru (the carved spiral shape in Maori culture), symbolizing new life, growth, strength and peace. This short piece is wistful and playful.
The Maori koru is represented musically by an unfolding cycle of 3rds. The chord sequence based on this cycle grows in size and
energy until it reaches the loudest and highest point of the piece. Melodically, the piece is based on a simple,
almost naïve rising motif (F-G-A-C-A) which is developed organically.
The mood is wistful, but also playful and enigmatic.
Spirals was commissioned by The Adam Chamber Music Festival 2018 for performers Helene Pohl and Monique Lapins, violins, and Gillian Ansell, viola, to premiere on Waitangi Day, February 6th, 2019.
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