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for solo flute, SSAATB choir

Year:  1989   ·  Duration:  7m
Instrumentation:  Flute can be replaced by shakuhachi or koauau; alto soloist from choir required

Year:  1989
Duration:  7m
Instrumentation  Flute can be replaced by sh...

Composer:   Helen Fisher

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Inspired by sparkling waters of Tasman Bay Nelson, this choral work (SSAATB) was originally composed with flute accompaniment, which has been substituted in performances by the Shakuhachi (traditional Japanese flute) and also the Koauau (traditional Maori flute). There are recordings of Pounamu with each of these flutes. The piece's choral texture uses Maori vowel sounds and a text which is a whakatauki (proverb) from the Waikato region.

Text note

Traditional Waikato Whakatauki (proverb)

Performance history

02 Aug 2009: Pounamu

Performed by the Sendai Hoso Choir of Japan with Kanzan Sato (shakuhachi)

Performed by Auckland University Singers conducted by Karen Grylls, with Uwe Grodd (flute) and Kristen Darragh (alto)

Performed by Voices New Zealand with soloist Jeffrey Chang and taonga pūoro by Horomona Horo

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