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year: 2002           instrumentation: string orchestra          duration: 14'

premiere: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra / Hamish McKeich, in NZSO/SOUNZ Readings (2003 and 2006)

programme note: Aufsatz (German for "essay") is an unashamed attempt at capturing - in some very small way - Mahler's regeneration and recasting of materials. The piece is a lopsided sonata form, where an angular development is followed by a vastly expanded recapitulation, which culminates in a perpetual re-spinning of the opening material, cut short by a brief and optimistic coda.

Aufsatz is dedicated to my piano teacher from an early age, Margaret Carryer.