Kumari, composed in 1980, is a musical contemplation object influenced by the wellsprings of music: birdsong, insect drones and patterns. Its two parts are related by their quiet intensity and the varied repetition and accretive growth of musical cells. The title is a Sanskrit word meaning pure.
Kumari is dedicated to the memory of Donald Peart, Foundation Professor of Music at The University of Sydney. Anthony Fogg gave the first performance at a New Audience concert in the Music Faculty of The University of Melbourne on April 3 1981.