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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.
for Cantare (Westlake Girls High school) and conductor Fiona Wilson
Traditional Maori prayer