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Te Tangi A Te Matui (The Call of the Matui)

for flute

Year:  1986   ·  Duration:  6m

Year:  1986
Duration:  6m

Composer:   Helen Fisher


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Te Tangi A Te Matui (The Call of the Matui), a work for solo flute, traces a delicate web between instrument and voice. This work is based on a Maori karakia , which the flautist sings and then blends with the sound of her instrument. The ornate flute style is inspired by that of the small Maori flute, the koauau. Te Tangi A Te Matui is dedicated to the memory of the composer's mother, Freda McKee.

Difficulty note

The flutist is required to sing

Dedication note

To the memory of my mother

Contents note

This solo flute work is based on a Maori karakia (incantation) which is first sung and then blended with the tangi (sound) of the flute.

Text note

Text: Maori karakia

Performance history

02 Apr 2007: Performed by Alexa Still (flute) and David Miller (piano)

07 Oct 2008: Contemporary Visions 5

16 Sep 2010: “Kiwi Tracks” Air on Hawaii Public Radio

25 Sep 2011: Intrepid Music Projects: New Zealand Music

Performed by Joanna Averill (flute and voice)

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