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Tuatara

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by Gareth Farr | Percussion and Piano

Tuatara

Tuatara (PE037) for Percussion and Piano by Gareth Farr (1998) © Promethean Editions 1998 First edition © 2004 Promethean Editions Limited (201505) Series Editor: Ross Hendy Editor: Thomas Liggett ISBN: 978-1-877218-37-8 (print) ISBN: 978-1-77660-037-3 (ebook) ISMN: 979-0-67452-099-7 Promethean Editions Limited PO Box 10-143 Wellington NEW ZEALAND http://www.promethean-editions.com No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means without permission in writing from the Publisher. PE037 – ii

Gareth Farr (1968) Gareth Farr was born in Wellington, New Zealand. He began his studies in composition and percussion performance at the University of Auckland. The experience of hearing a visiting gamelan orchestra prompted his return to Wellington to attend Victoria University, where the characteristic rhythms and textures of the Indonesian gamelan rapidly became hallmarks of his own composition. Farr continued with postgraduate study in composition and percussion at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where his teachers included Samuel Adler and Christopher Rouse. The inclusion of his works in four events at the 1996 New Zealand International Festival of the Arts inaugurated his career as a dedicated freelance composer. Since then, Farr’s music has been heard at, or especially commissioned for, high-profile events including the 50th anniversary of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra ( From the Depths Sound the Great Sea Gongs), the opening of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa ( Te Papa), and the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney ( Hikoi, a concerto for percussionist Evelyn Glennie and the NZSO). In 2003, a commission by the Auckland Festival resulted in Stone and Ice, composed for the combined forces of the NZSO and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. In 2006 Farr was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for his services to music and entertainment. In the same year, the Royal New Zealand Ballet toured the country with their brand new work The Wedding, featuring a score by Gareth Farr. At ninety minutes, it was among the ballet company’s most ambitious projects, and combined Farr’s talents with those of prominent New Zealand novelist and librettist Witi Ihimaera. Farr’s music was integral to Maui – One Man Against the Gods, a stage show four years in the making. First premiered in 2003, it featured aerial theatre, Maori kapa haka, contemporary dance and song, with Farr’s stirring music, and toured a number of centres in New Zealand. In more recent years, Farr has developed a fruitful collaboration with director and librettist Paul Jenden, producing four comedy musicals. In 2007 Farr was appointed as Composer- PE037 – iii

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