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A Charm for Rain: He Tua I Te Rangi

for SSAA choir and piano

Year:  2013

Year:  2013

David Hamilton

Composer:   David Hamilton

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Sample Score

Sample: pages 1-4

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While the word ‘charm’ is mostly used to mean something pleasing, it can also mean an action thought to have magical power, or the chanting of a magic word or verse - an incantation. It can also be used as a collective noun, usually of birds.

This traditional text in Maori is a plea for the rain to depart and blue skies to appear. Preceding this, I have added several Maori terms for different types of rain – from misty rain through to drenching heavy rain. Rhythms in the work are often suggestive of typical Maori chant and kapahaka rhythms.

Difficulty note

Suitable for school and community choirs

Dedication note

Dedicated to Cantare (Westlake Girls High School) and conductor Fiona Wilson

Text note

Text from a traditional Maori charm