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W is for

for clarinet, trumpet, drum set, keyboard, violin, double bass and 2 sopranos

Instrumentation:  clarinet in B flat; trumpet in C; drum-set - bass drum, snare drum, hi hat, 3 tomtoms, 2 muted cowbells, woodblock

Instrumentation  clarinet in B flat; trumpet...

Composer:   Juliet Palmer

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Sample Score

Sample: Pages 12-14

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Recently my curiosity was sparked as to the origins of Maori action songs - a hybrid form combining traditional movements, borrowed Western melodies and Maori lyrics. It seems that I owe my encounter with them to an enthusiastic physical education specialist in the late 1940's who introduced them into the public school system along with Maori children's games, noting that they were "exceedingly good for the body of the pakeha" (non-Maori). W is for is my response to that early time spent dancing and singing in a language which we were never taught to speak. The text is an excerpt from a Maori-English dictionary. It begins at waka (canoe) and passes through wakainga (true home, far distant home) and warawara (yearning), arriving finally at wareware - forget, forgotten, forgetful. The final line comes from the Belgian singer Jacques Brel's ballad "On n'oublie rien" - you forget nothing.

Juliet Palmer

Contents note

one movement

Text note

Taken from an English-Maori Dictionary and Jacques Brel ballad "On n'oublie rien"

Performance history

20 Oct 1999: Performed by the Princeton Composers Ensemble

20 Oct 2019: Auckland Chamber Orchestra | Composer Portrait - Juliet Palmer

Palmer: Selected works; CD

Performed by Marty Elliott and Susan Elliott (sopranos); Michael Lowenstern (clarinet); Charles Lazerus (trumpet); Danny Tunick (drumset); Elizabeth di Felice (keyboard); Andrea Schultz (violin); and Maureen Llott (double bass); conducted by Steve Mackey. Available on Palmer, Juliet Kiri: Selected Works: II

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