This work is published for performance and study. The player performs from the spiral-bound performance score.
About the work:
Whira - Maori for violin, or fiddle.
1. Recitativo (recitative)
2. Con anima (soulfully) - in memory of Owen Jensen
3. Scorrevole (flowing)
4. Leggero (light)
5. Burla (burlesque) - for Douglas Lilburn's eightieth birthday
6. Lacrimae (tears) - for Vedran Smailovic
7. Con fuoco (fiery)
The composer writes: 'The seven pieces comprising this work were written over a period of three or four years for more or less personal reasons. The intention, however, was always to put them together to form one substantial piece. There are, therefore, a number of cross-references, and some material is developed throughout the course of the work. Although there are seven pieces, the overall shape is in five parts - numbers 3, 4 and 5 form a lighter middle section to the whole work.'
Selected review of the work:
'Cresswell's Whira exhibit[s] astounding textural richness on a single instrument.'
New Zealand Listener, 7 Jul 1997