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for SSAA choir and piano

Year:  2015

Year:  2015

David Hamilton

Composer:   David Hamilton

Films, Audio & Samples

Sample Score

Sample: pages 1-3

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The text for this work is a short extract from a longer text I encountered in Christchurch at the conclusion to the 'Quake City' attraction which details the events of the series of earthquakes that struck the city beginning in September 2010. The text, in both Māori and English, is displayed as one leaves the attraction, and is not credited to anyone. It’s is given the title 'Mihi Whakatuwhera' and begins by lamenting the pain and suffering that the city has gone through, and ends by entreating all to move forward with a positive spirit. This work sets only the first stanza in both languages. In Māori protocol, a mihi is a speech of greeting or tribute.

Difficulty note

Suitable for school and community choirs

Dedication note

Written for Cantare at Westlake Girls High School and conductor Fiona Wilson

Text note

Anonymous text in te reo