This fanfare for full orchestra was “…refreshing… (Its) gradual thickening of layers of bird calls to abrasive Varesian dissonances near the end had a concise dramatic momentum and coherence.” lan Dando, NZ Listener. (It) “…begins with sounds that could only be New Zealand ones.” LCM Saunders, NZ Herald.
This short setting was originally scored for SATB voices with organ, with subsequent versions for SSAA unaccompanied (with optional guitar) and SATB unaccompanied. The text is a traditional Irish toast but also works as a blessing suitable for church services or even as a grace.
Na te Aroha and Taku Hoa Aroha were two love songs commissioned for a play called Nga Puke (The Hills) by Dunedin playwright, John Broughton. This play was performed at the Depot Theatre, Wellington, during the International Festival of the Arts, March 1990.
Nga Puke is a love story between a Maori soldier of the 28th Maori Battalion, Waru Thompson, and a Pakeha nurse, Angie. The setting is both the rural landscape of Porangahau, Hawkes Bay, and then a military hospital in Crete during World War 2. The first song, Nga te Aroha is about Waru and Angie’s exchange of gifts (greenstone and a painting of Nga Puke). The second song, Taku Hoa Aroha, is Angie’s love song for Waru, as he lies wounded in a Crete hospital.