This work is published for performance and study. The performance set includes a saddle-stitched full performance score for the pianist and a loose-leaf part set for the cellist.
About the work:
The composer writes: 'The shadow of the hawk rises and falls as the landscape gently undulates beneath it. One moment it is indistinct and unfocussed, the next it snaps into clear definition as the ground rises. A rocky outcrop thrusts up towards the sky - the shadow is suddenly crystal-clear. Slowly it slides away again as the hills recede, and the hawk ascends soundlessly back into the sky.'
This is an exciting and dramatic work requiring performers with considerable stamina, as both instruments are involved for most of the time. There are many passages of tightly motoric unison playing, but these are contrasted with more expansive and lyrical sections.
Selected reviews of the work:
"Shadow of the Hawk is a lively work with well-woven sharing between piano and cello."
Ian Dando, Christchurch Star, 22 April 1998
"The swirling lines of Shadow of the Hawk for cello and piano are full of extended invention."
Rod Biss, Sunday Star-Times, 22 March 1998