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Hineraukatauri

duo for piccolo/flute/alto flute, and Maori flutes

Year:  1999 Instrumentation:  piccolo, C flute, alto flute. Taonga puoro: tumu tumu, karanga manu, putorino toroa, putorino maine, putorino nui, purerehua, pakunu. Taonga puoro parts mostly improvised.

Year:  1999
Instrumentation  piccolo, C flute, alto flut...

Films, Audio & Samples

Gillian Whitehead: Hinerauk...

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Sample: Excerpt from Hine-Raukatauri

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Borrow/Hire:

To borrow or hire parts please email SOUNZ directly at info@sounz.org.nz. Please note that only library members in New Zealand and Australia can borrow or hire parts.

About

In the tradition of the Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, Hine Raukatauri is the goddess of music and dance. She is embodied in the form of the female case-moth, who hangs in the bushes and sings in a pure, high voice to attract the male moths to her. Her hair is found as a fern, the hanging spleenwort, and her voice is heard in the sound of the putorino, an instrument known only in Aotearoa (the Maori name for New Zealand). The putorino is an instrument that can be played in various ways – as a flute, as a trumpet and as a means of enhancing or altering the human voice.

Hineraukatauri is written for two performers, one playing conventional flutes (piccolo, C and alto flutes), and the other for taonga puoro (instruments). The score features three different putorino, which, like all taonga puoro, (and also the songs and chants) have a small pitch range, rarely exceeding a fourth, which varies from instrument to instrument. Three putorino are used in this piece - one made of albatross bone and two of wood, and both the flute and trumpet voices are used. Other instruments used are a karanga manu (bird-caller), a purerehua (swung bull-roarer) and tumutumu (tapped instruments.)

The flute player's part is notated, but the music for the taonga puoro is improvised; there are areas when the flute player is encouraged to improvise with the taonga.


Commissioned note

Commissioned for Richard Nunns and Alexa Still

Richard Nunns | Alexa Still


Dedication note

Dedicated to Richard Nunns and Alexa Still


Contents note

One movement


Text note

Text by Hirini Melbourne


Performance history

19 Aug 1999: Performed by Alexa Still (flute/piccolo), Richard Nunns (putorino); National Flute Association of America Convention, Atlanta, USA.

14 Mar 2002: Performed by Richard Nunns (Taonga Puoro) and Bridget Douglas (Flute) at Ilott Theatre in Wellington

19 Jun 2007: Encompass: Tuhonohono

21 Jun 2007: Encomapss: Tuhonohono

16 Sep 2010: “Kiwi Tracks” Air on Hawaii Public Radio

28 Mar 2012: NZ Music for Woodwinds

17 Apr 2012: New Zealand in L.A.

19 Jun 2014: Te Ao Mārama

Performed by Ingrid Culliford (flutes) and Richard Nunns (taonga puoro)

Performed by Richard Nunns (Taonga Puoro) and Alexa Still (Flutes) on Whitehead at the Atlanta Flute Convention, Georgia, United States in 1999

Performed by Richard Nunns (taonga puoro) and Alexa Still (flutes)

Performed by Alexa Still (flute), Ingrid Culliford (flute) and Richard Nunns (taonga puoru)

featuring Horomona Horo (Taonga puoro)

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