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Whaia te Iti Kahurangi

for TTBB choir and piano

Year:  2015

Year:  2015

David Hamilton

Composer:   David Hamilton

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Sample Score

Sample: pages 1-3

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The text for Whaia te iti kahurangi consists of excerpts from a waiata by Wiremu Kerekere, as well as an extra phrase which is the Māori translation of the Latin school motto. This line of text functions a little like a refrain in the work.

The rhythmic drive of the work is suggestive of Māori haka forms which often have a strong three-in-a-bar energy.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by One Tree Hill College for the school’s chorale directed by Terence Maskell

Difficulty note

School and community choirs

Text note

Text by Wiremu Kerekere