- duo for piccolo/flute/alto flute, and Maori flutes
- piccolo, C flute, alto flute. Taonga puoro: tumu tumu, karanga manu, putorino toroa, putorino maine, putorino nui, purerehua, pakunu. Taonga puoro parts mostly improvised.
- One movement
|Recording (2463k)||Excerpt from Hine-Raukatauri||© Gillian Whitehead|
In the tradition of the Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, Hine Raukatauri is the goddess of music and dance. She is embodied in the form of the female case-moth, who hangs in the bushes and sings in a pure, high voice to attract the male moths to her. Her hair is found as a fern, the hanging spleenwort, and her voice is heard in the sound of the putorino, an instrument known only in Aotearoa (the Maori name for New Zealand). The putorino is an instrument that can be played in various ways – as a flute, as a trumpet and as a means of enhancing or altering the human voice.
Hineraukatauri is written for two performers, one playing conventional flutes (piccolo, C and alto flutes), and the other for taonga puoro (instruments). The score features three different putorino, which, like all taonga puoro, (and also the songs and chants) have a small pitch range, rarely exceeding a fourth, which varies from instrument to instrument. Three putorino are used in this piece – one made of albatross bone and two of wood, and both the flute and trumpet voices are used. Other instruments used are a karanga manu (bird-caller), a purerehua (swung bull-roarer) and tumutumu (tapped instruments.)
The flute player’s part is notated, but the music for the taonga puoro is improvised; there are areas when the flute player is encouraged to improvise with the taonga.
|19 Aug 1999||
Performed by Alexa Still (flute/piccolo), Richard Nunns (putorino); National Flute Association of America Convention, Atlanta, USA.
|Alexa Still Richard Nunns|
|14 Mar 2002||
Performed by Richard Nunns (Taonga Puoro) and Bridget Douglas (Flute) at Ilott Theatre in Wellington
|19 Jun 2007||
Performed by Richard Nunns (taonga puoru) and Ingrid Culliford (flutes) at Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber. This concert was a collaboration between The Edge and Chamber Music New Zealand in celebration of Matariki.
|21 Jun 2007||
Performed by Richard Nunns (taonga puoru) and Ingrid Culliford (flutes) at Soundings Theatre, Te Papa, Wellington. This concert was a collaboration between The Edge and Chamber Music New Zealand in celebration of Matariki.
|15 Sep 2010||
Broadcast of recording from “Sound Barrier” performed by Richard Nunns (taonga puoro) and Alexa Still (flutes) as part of “Kiwi Tracks” on Hawaii Public Radio
|Alexa Still Richard Nunns|
|28 Mar 2012||
Performed as part of the 2012 NZ Music for Woodwinds Concert at St. Andrew’s on the Terrace, Wellington
|19 Apr 2012||
Performed at the “New Zealand in LA” Festival at REDCAT, Los Angeles, USA.