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Taku Wana - The Enduring Spirit

for SATB choir, kapa haka, Maori and Irish instruments, 3 soloists and orchestra

Year:  1997   ·  Duration:  1h 2m
Instrumentation:  SATB choir of 40; soprano, mezzo and baritone soloists; Maori instruments: pukaea, koauau, putorino, purerehua, putatara, poiawhiowhio, karanga manu; Irish instruments: Irish flute, Uillean pipes, tinn whistles in F and C, bodhran; 2 french horns, 2 trumpets, 1 trombone; percussion: snare drum, conga, bass drum and woodblock; strings

Year:  1997
Duration:  1h 2m
Instrumentation  SATB choir of 40; soprano, ...

Composer:   Helen Fisher

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About

Music drama for choir, kapa haka, orchestra, Maori and Irish instruments and soloists. Directed by Rangimoana Taylor, it includes Maori composition by Wi Kuki Kaa and lyrics by Lauris Edmond. It focuses on Nelson's Maori-Pakeha history since 1841, stories that have contemporary resonances in Aotearoa/New Zealand.


Commissioned note

Financed by a project grant from Creative New Zealand


Text note

Maori composition by Wi Kuki Kaa and lyrics by Lauris Edmond


Performance history

13 May 1998: Performed by Mere Boynton (soprano), Linden Loader (mezzo), Roger Wilson (baritone), Richard Nunns (taonga puoro), Bob Bickerton and Evey McAuliffe (Irish instruments), Rangimoana Taylor (storyteller/narrator) Nelson Chamber Orchestra, Polyhymnos Choir, Whakatu Kapa Haka conducted by Rita Paczian and directed by Rangimoana Taylor

16 May 1998: Performed by Mere Boynton (soprano), Linden Loader (mezzo), Roger Wilson (baritone), Richard Nunns (taonga puoro), Bob Bickerton and Evey McAuliffe (Irish instruments), Rangimoana Taylor (storyteller/narrator) Nelson Chamber Orchestra, Polyhymnos Choir, Whakatu Kapa Haka conducted by Rita Paczian and directed by Rangimoana Taylor

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