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Uploaded on May 18, 2008
This prelude is a musical representation of the view I see at twilight from my studio on the South Coast of Wellington - the moody dark green depths of Cook Strait, the inky blue sky, and the endless unbroken horizon dividing the two. Fishing boats sit on the horizon all lit up, looking like little gleaming gemstones in the darkness. The occasional gust of wind stirs up wild eddies on the surface of the water, and the odd rogue wave hurls itself onto the rocks and up into the air in a spectacular explosion of sea spray.
Commissioned by the Wallace Foundation, , this work is part of Stephen de Pledge's Landscape Prelude project. All 12 works in this series were performed for the first time at the New Zealand International Arts Festival on 27 February 2008.