Ia Orana, Gauguin for soprano and piano (1978)

Composed especially for Jane Manning and Richard Rodney Bennett and completed in October 1978.  The words are by the composer and concern the life and works of the French painter, Paul Gaugin: his early life in France when he was full of doubts and uncertainty, his discovery of exotic climes and his eventual departure for a life in the South Seas.  'Ia Orana, Gauguin' is a form of greeting particularly treasured by Gauguin and recorded by him in Noa Noa , the diary of his life in French Polynesia.

Concerts by Work

Title Date Venue Professor
Reid Lunch-hour Concert Thursday, February 22, 1996 Reid Concert Hall with Ahrend organ Osborne, Nigel 1948-