29 Nov 2018

Gillian WHITEHEAD: Tūmanako - Journey through an Unknown Landscape

From Music Alive, 8:15 pm on 29 November 2018

One of New Zealand's most distinguished composers is inspired by the landscapes of China.

Modi Deng

Modi Deng Photo: ©Adrian Malloch/APO

Young Auckland pianist Modi Deng followed her performance of Clara Schumann's Piano Concerto in "A Woman's Place" by playing this piece by Gillian Whitehead for solo piano.

Whereas Clara Schumann gave up composing early in her life, saying that "a woman must not desire to compose", we can be grateful that female composers such as our own Gillian Whitehead have desired to compose, and in the process created some of our most compelling contemporary music.

Gillian’s work 'Tūmanako: Journey Through An Unknown Landscape' written in 2010 – was inspired by her travels through Yunnan, China with its varied landscape of snow-capped mountains, rice terraces, lakes, and deep gorges.

Recorded by RNZ Concert, Auckland Town Hall, 29 November 2018
Producer: Tim Dodd; Engineer: Adrian Hollay