Since the 1950s, David Farquhar has been recognised a significant figure in the field of New Zealand composition. A supremely practical musician, the composer is intensely concerned with music as performance: ?Music exists in performance. The sound of music is ? now.... there is a physical involvement in the now
of the performance; and while the performer?s real body is actively involved, so too are the composer?s and the listener?s imaginary bodies.?