Anthony Ritchie: Remember Parihaka
Conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya leads the NZSO for this performance of Anthony Ritchie's evocative work, Remember Parihaka, inspired by the tragic breaking up of Parihaka Pa in 1881.
10 minutes 44 seconds
Anthony Ritchie Remember Parihaka
Miguel Harth-Bedoya Conductor
Ritchie writes: “Remember Parihaka attempts to sum up my thoughts and feelings about the events at Parihaka. The slow opening is peaceful, like a sun rise […] Flutes and oboes announce a chant-like theme, based on an actual song composed at the time of the incident. This ‘Māori’ theme alternates with a more European-sounding theme on solo violin, accompanied by an Irish drum, the bowron. At the heart of the piece the various melodic ideas come together over a grinding, relentless bass.”
Remember Parihaka commemorates both the tragedy of Pairhaka, but also the unmistakable heroism of is inhabitants, who held relentlessly onto their principles of peace.