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Karakia Mo Te Ata: Morning Prayer

for dawn-chorus, SSA semi-chorus, SSA choir, and piano

Year:  2019   ·  Duration:  3m 15s
Instrumentation:  SSA semi-chorus, SSA choir, piano, recording of dawn chorus

Year:  2019
Duration:  3m 15s
Instrumentation  SSA semi-chorus, SSA choir,...

David Hamilton

Composer:   David Hamilton

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Sample Score

Sample: Pages 1 - 3 of score

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The text for this piece is a traditional karakia (or prayer) of unknown authorship in the Maori language. It is a simple descriptive picture of the birds appearing and beginning to sing, as daylight emerges from darkness. The work is underpinned with a recording of the New Zealand dawn chorus. The music picks up on the energy of the birds singing their dawn chorus, with the piano accompaniment consisting of almost constant rippling arpeggios. The main choir is counterpointed with a smaller semi-chorus group.

Dedication note

for Cantare (Westlake Girls High school) and conductor Fiona Wilson

Contents note

Single movement

Text note

Traditional Maori prayer