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Te Rerenga

for orchestra

Year:  2003   ·  Duration:  12m
Instrumentation:  3*3*3*3*; 4331; timp., 3 perc.; hp, pno; strings | (Perc: xylo., glock., crash cym., vib., crash cym., rainstick, sizzle cym., tri., tam-tam, snare, sus. cym., jawbone, rainstick)

Year:  2003
Duration:  12m
Instrumentation  3*3*3*3*; 4331; timp., 3 pe...

Films, Audio & Samples

NZSO conducted by Hamish McKeich, 2004.

Christopher Marshall: Te Re...

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Sample Score

Sample: Pages 1-8

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My first visit to Cape Reinga affected me more strongly than I had anticipated. Of course the dramatic landscape had something to do with it - that narrow promontory with the Pacific Ocean meeting the Tasman Sea far below - but also the thought of the souls of the dead leaping from Te Rerenga Wairua. A few years later, while reading the starkly beautiful lament Te Heuheu Tukino of Ngati Tuwharetoa composed on the death of his father, those memories returned to me. This poem and my impressions of Cape Reinga are the inspiration for this music.

Performance history

04 May 2004: Performed in a rehearsed reading by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hamish McKeich as part of the NZSO-SOUNZ Readings

12 Feb 2011: Performed by the UCF Symphony Orchestra with conductor Laszlo Marosi at St Luke's Church, Oviedo, Florida, USA

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