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Hau

a short vocal lament for voice and crystal glass

Year:  2008   ·  Duration:  5m
Instrumentation:  crystal glass - B flat; best performed by a non-trained voice which is able to produce effective vocal harmonics

Year:  2008
Duration:  5m
Instrumentation  crystal glass - B flat; bes...

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Eve de Castro-Robinson: Hau...

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About

While thinking about producing a tribute to Stockhausen specifically for singer-songwriter Karen Hunter to perform, I decided to base it on Stockhausen’s famous vocal work Stimmung, focussing only on names of Maori gods. I then learnt of the very sad early death of NZ singer Mahinarangi Tocker, literally while I was eating muttonbird for the first time, at Moeraki. Various elements thus came into play in the work – tuning, lamentation, the elements, Maori waiata and a strong sense of ritual.

The Maori word hau has a variety of meanings including wind and breath.


Commissioned note

Requested for Karlheinz Company concert marking the death of Stockhausen


Dedication note

To the memory of Stockhausen and Mahinarangi Tocker


Text note

Names of Maori gods


Performance history