Music video. The Forest Awakens - NZ Suite for Guitar by Bruce Paine

This is the third movement from Bruce Paine's New Zealand Suite for Guitar. Contrasting with the preceding slower movement, The Forest Awakens presents a morning scene on the shores of Lake Rotoiti, where native birds sing passionately and animals stir along the "Bell Bird Walk".

The intention was for the suite to be an easily playable, concert opener that would not be too physically demanding but with enough substance to be musically satisfying. Despite this it is fair to say that a reasonably high level of proficiency is required to achieve a convincing performance, particularly with the third movement that requires great dexterity and stamina.

Electronic downloads of the New Zealand Suite and other sheet music are available via this web site for a small fee. Hard copies can be purchased from the SOUNZ online music store for New Zealand composers.