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Year:  1995   ·  Duration:  5m 30s
Instrumentation:  Flute (2), Oboe, Bb Clarinet (2), Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Bassoon; Horn in F, Bb Trumpets (2), Tenor Horn, Trombone, Piano, Crash Cymbals, Glockenspiel, Violins 1 & 2, Viola, Cello, Double Bass

Year:  1995
Duration:  5m 30s
Instrumentation  Flute (2), Oboe, Bb Clarine...

Composer:   James Instone

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Sample Score

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Sample Audio

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Sample Audio

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The Ashburton Area Schools Music Orchestral Course was an annual event involving young student musicians of primary and intermediate school age. In 1995, the composer was commissioned to write a piece of music based on a well known children's story book. The music follows the journey of a young Maori boy and his friend, a taniwha, as they discover the rich experiences associated with the Maori gods of the sea, sky and earth. The music is accompanied by a narration of the story by Robyn Kahukiwa (used with permission).

Commissioned note

Commissioned by the Ashburton Area Schools Music Orchestral Course

Difficulty note

Suitable for children's orchestras

Contents note

Taniwha, Tangaroa, Ranginui, Papatuanuku, Riches

Text note

"Taniwha" by Robyn Kahukiwa