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for organ and orchestra

Year:  2012   ·  Duration:  11m
Instrumentation:  3*3*3*3*; 4331; timp; 2 perc.; organ; strings | (Perc: claves, rainstick, a variety of chimes, 3 woodblocks, 2 bs.dr, sn.dr, bongos, tub. bells, vib., tam-tam, gong, susp. cym, 4 cymbals, 8 tom-toms, ratchet, castanets, guiro)

Year:  2012
Duration:  11m
Instrumentation  3*3*3*3*; 4331; timp; 2 per...

Chris Adams

Composer:   Chris Adams

Films, Audio & Samples

Chris Adams: Mahuika - AUDIO

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Chris Adams: Mahuika - VIDEO

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Sample Score

Sample: pages 3-4, 11-12, 47-49

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Mahuika for organ and orchestra was, like several of my pieces, given a title in its infancy. In the way that a child grows into her name over time, Mahuika has developed a particular character during the process of writing. The work is not programmatic, but the origins of its name have come to influence the work: Mahuika, a Maori fire goddess, is awakened into her full terrifying extreme, utilising the full range and capacity of both the Auckland Town Hall organ and the Auckland Philharmonia. Mahuika evokes the sense of a young teenage goddess full of ideas and vitality but without the opportunity to yet develop and explore them fully.

The work has the potential to mature into a full-scale organ symphony of around 30-40 minutes: if anyone is in a position to fund her to grow further please contact me to discuss.

Commissioned note

Written as part of the Auckland Philharmonia Composer Development project 2012/13

Performance history

23 May 2013: Organ Spectacular