Yet Another Poem of Spring

by Anthony Ritchie, for orchestra, Opus 48

A short orchestral fanfare, lively and colourful, designed to open a concer

Programme Note

In 1981 I composed a series of piano pieces called 'Poems of Spring', in which I juxtaposed the exhilarating beauty of a Christchurch spring with the terrible pain of a broken relationship. Ten years later, and in the middle of a cruel Dunedin winter, I recalled this Christchurch spring as I was composing this short piece for the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. 1991 was a year in which I managed to climb out of a dark phase in my life, and consequently this piece expresses a sense of excitement and affirmation. It was designed as a fanfare to open a concert and combines several short motifs into a busy mosaic of sound.

'Yet Another Poem of Spring' is recorded by the NZSO on their 'Landscapes' CD, released in 2001.