27 Nov 2015

EVE DE CASTRO-ROBINSON: Ring True

From Resound, 7:04 pm on 27 November 2015
Eve de Castro-Robinson

Eve de Castro-Robinson Photo: Gareth Watkins / Lilburn Trust / Wallace Arts Trust

Eve de Castro-Robinson has been commissioned and performed by a wide variety of performers, and her output ranges from large orchestral to vocal, chamber and electroacoustic works which are performed in NZ and internationally. In 1986 Pierre Boulez conducted her Interpolations for orchestra in open rehearsal in Wellington. Her Triple Clarinet Concerto was the 1992 NZ entry in the International Rostrum of Composers, Paris and she is twice winner of the SOUNZ Contemporary Award. She was the first person to graduate DMus in Composition from the University of Auckland in 1991 and is currently Associate-Professor in Composition there. De Castro-Robinson has often been an adjudicator, speaker, writer, reviewer and broadcaster on musical topics, and is a trained graphic designer.

The composer says: "Ring True for piano, bell, and tam-tam  was written for Dan Poynton, who premiered it at the ‘de Castro-Robinson Portrait’ concert at the 2004 NZ International Festival of the Arts. The three movement work is infused with bell references, from the title with its spiritual underpinning to the use of auxiliary metal percussion. The opening figures were inspired by a pair of tui at Bethells beach and the following high octave oscillations by a tiny brass bell from my childhood. The repeated bass chords are made up of the harmonic overtones used in constructing bell-metal. The cascading chords of the second movement are reminiscent of the ‘ringing the changes’ of church bells."

Dan Poynton (pno). Recorded by Radio New Zealand Concert, 5 March 2004.