'Aroha' for string quartet. This download includes score and parts.
Aroha (Māori) - (noun) affection, sympathy, charity, compassion, love, empathy; also a given name.
This work is dedicated to my partner Natalie Aroha.
I wanted to capture the wit and excitement of conversation in this quartet. Sometimes players are “speaking” together to form a coherent shared thought; at other times they are very quickly responding to, imitating, or interrupting one another: the juxtaposition of these two types of material also forms a global,
Much of the material is derived from exploring or responding to the song Pokarekare Ana, which gives the melodic, harmonic and intervallic relationships heard throughout. The song is heard in its original form only at the end of the piece, where it emerges from the piece’s climax that brings together both the slower and faster material from earlier in the work.
Pokarekare Ana is a song from New Zealand, most probably composed, or disseminated, by Māori soldiers training for the First World War. The last line of the refrain is “Ka mate ahau i te aroha e”.