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The Love Song of Rangipouri

for unaccompanied SATB choir and solo baritone

Year:  1974   ·  Duration:  7m

Year:  1974
Duration:  7m

Composer:   Douglas Mews

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The Love Song of Rangipouri is based on a Maori chant recorded at Makara, near Wellington in 1963. It tells how a fairy chief, Te Rangipouri, won and lost the first human woman to ever reach New Zealand’s shores.

Commissioned note

Written for the Dorian Choir European tour.

Dedication note

For Peter Godfrey and the Auckland Dorian Singers

Text note

Maori chant recorded Hone Crown at Makara in 1963 and transcribed by Mervyn McLean.

Performance history

Performed by Viva Voce in 2008