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Moana Ataahua

for wind band with SATB choir

Year:  2010   ·  Duration:  15m
Instrumentation:  3 flutes, 3 clarinets, 2 alto saxophones, 2 tenor saxophones, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, euphonium, tuba, violoncello (optional), string bass, timpani, percussion I (high conga, low conga, medium tom, low tom), percussion II (high bongo, low bongo, high tom, medium tom), percussion III (tambourine, high woodblock, low woodblock), percussion IV (suspended cymbal, wind chimes, triangle) and percussion V - xylophone (medium sticks), with piano and SATB choir

Year:  2010
Duration:  15m
Instrumentation  3 flutes, 3 clarinets, 2 al...

Ryan Youens

Composer:   Ryan Youens

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Based on the simple idea: "If Lake Taupo was a piece of music, what would it sound like?"

This mass musical work, commissioned especially for the ERUPT Lake Taupo Festival 2010 through the SOUNZ Community Commission, takes its inspiration from the people and places of Taupo.

Featuring lyrics submitted by local writers, Moana Ataahua is a spectacular mix of symphonic, choral and percussive elements that erupts into an exciting finale.

Commissioned note

Created for the Taupo community as part of the 2010 ERUPT Lake Taupo Festival, with support from the 2009 SOUNZ Community Commission

Difficulty note

beginner to intermediate

Dedication note

Created for the Taupo community

Text note

Lake Taupo, Our Lake - Robyn Fisher-Macrae
Beautiful World - Wayne Collier
Lake Taupo - Jacqueline Susan
Taupo Moana - Steve Paull

Note: the text was created based on, and inspired by, the above poems. All copyright cleared.

Performance history