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nga manu (bird-song suite)

for two soprano saxophones

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Sample Score

Sample: first page of each birdsong

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nga manu (the birds) was written for Duet d'Ocells to be performed at the World Saxophone Congress in Slovenia. It depicts four typical native New Zealand birds and their habitats.

  • Kea - a large, curious and sometimes destructive parrot found in the mountain ranges;
  • Tui - the native songbird whose beautiful virtuosic melodies are interrupted with deep, guttural groans;
  • Ruru - the tiny native owl who inhabits the nocturnal landscape;
  • And the cheeky, acrobatic Piwakawaka, or fantail, that darts through the air changing direction in a split-second as it snaps up tiny insects in mid-flight.

Contents note

1. Kea
2. Tui
3. Ruru
4. Piwakawaka