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Ngā hā o neherā

for bassoon

Year:  2004   ·  Duration:  16m

Year:  2004
Duration:  16m

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Gillian Whitehead: Ngā Hā o...

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Gillian Whitehead: Ohinemut...

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Sample: Excerpt from Nga Ha O Nehera

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Sample Score

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Nga ha o nehera, which translates from the Maori language as 'a breath from the past', was commissioned by and written for Ben Hoadley, with financial assistance from the Becroft Trust. Ben Hoadley gave the piece its first performance at the International Double Reed Convention in Melbourne in 2004. Nga ha o nehera is a five-movement suite, written after a taonga puoro wananga at Ohinemutu on the shores of Lake Rotorua. The first movement is 'Nga ha o nehera', meaning a breath from the past, the second, 'puna wera', describes the continual welling up of hot water from a spring at the edge of the lake, and the third, 'Mokoia', suggests the soundscape of Mokoia Island, which, as well as a major historical site, is also a bird sanctuary. The fourth movement 'He purakau', recounts a folk-story - not a specific tale, but suggesting the elements of all strong stories, and the last movement, 'Ohinemutu', locates the piece in place, and suggests something of the story of Hinetekakara, the ancestress of the Te Arawa people, whose untimely death gave the place its name.

Commissioned note

For Ben Hoadley by the David and Genevieve Becroft Foundation (NZ)

Ben Hoadley

Contents note

1. Nga ha o nehera
2. Puna wera
3. Mokoia
4. He purakau
5. Ohinemutu

Performance history

19 Jun 2007: Encompass: Tuhonohono

21 Jun 2007: Encomapss: Tuhonohono

14 May 2010: Venus Vespers

25 Sep 2011: Intrepid Music Projects: New Zealand Music

21 Oct 2011: Performed by Ben Hoadley (bassoon) at the Gallagher Concert Chamber in Hamilton

03 Mar 2017: "Ohinemutu" performed by Ben Hoadley (bassoon) at New Zealand Music for Woodwind 2017, St Andrew's On The Terrace, Wellington.

20 Aug 2023: OUR WORLD | Music and the Environment

Performed by Ben Hoadley (bassoon)

Performed by Ben Hoadley (bassoon)

Performed by Ben Hoadley (bassoon); Music Auditorium, Monash University, Melbourne

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