Music maestro wins prestigious composition award
7 October 2015
The prize was founded in 1943 and is awarded annually for an original composition by a current or past student of a New Zealand university.
Mayall – a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar - recently completed his PhD in Composition at Waikato and is the current Mozart Fellow (Composer in Residence) at Otago University. He received the Philip Neill Memorial Prize for his new work Frosted Air Suite for flute and electronics.
The piece is in three movements and is a sonic reflection on the natural world of New Zealand/ Aotearoa in winter.
"Rich with the sound of birds and flowing water, the stark cold of winter can at times both amplify and subdue the sounds around us. The electronic part consists of synthetic sound, field recordings made around the Otago peninsula, and recordings of taonga puoro played by Alistair Fraser," says Mayall.
The piece will be premiered in Dunedin this November.
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