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Irirangi (Meditation)

for taonga puoro and flute with pre-recorded backing

Composer:   John Psathas

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John Psathas: Irirangi (Med...

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In Irirangi (Meditation) the composer is seeking to invoke Irirangi, a spirit voice that can be heard at times when music is performed. Of the phenomenon, Johannes Andersen wrote,

“Te Rangi Hīroa remarked casually that the people when singing together often thought they heard a floating voice, or spirit voice singing with them; they called it Irirangi. It was a chance remark but I remembered it when, at Whareponga, I first heard, as it were, a faint voice sounding above the voices of the women singing. I asked Hon. A.T. Ngata who was present, if the faint voice, to which I drew attention, was what they called Irirangi; he said, Yes; and soon one of the women who also must have heard it, raised her pitch and sang the same note as the faint voice.”