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Hirini Melbourne

Composer, Performer

Born: 1949 Died: 2003

Biography

Hirini Sidney Melbourne, known for his significant work towards the revival of Māori culture, was from Tuhoe and Ngati Kahungunu tribes.

He was a secondary school teacher and editor of several Māori language school publications. A writer of stories in addition to composer and singer, Hirini was a significant figure in the revival of the Māori language with dozens of his classic songs now regularly sung in classrooms throughout New Zealand. The power of his melodies and the brilliance of his compositions have still to be widely recognised beyond the classroom however.

During the last two decades of his life, Hirini's musical interests extended to a fascination with traditional Māori instruments. Initially intrigued by instruments found only in museum glass cases, he subsequently met ethnomusicologist and performer Richard Nunns. From 1989 onwards the two regularly performed together on marae and in schools, galleries and concerts. This partnership lead to the release of Te Ku Te Whe, a CD of original and traditional compositions for a variety of Māori flutes which has been awarded a Gold Disc Award. A second CD together with a DVD Te Hekenga-a-rangi was released in 2003.

In 2002 Hirini was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Waikato where he had been a lecturer in the Department of Māori. He was made an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit in the 2003 New Year's Honours, just before his untimely death a week later.

In 2009, Hirini and Richard Nunns were together inducted into the "New Zealand Music Hall of Fame" in recognition of their contribution to the revival of interest in and understanding of taonga puoru.


Composed (79)

Amokura

for ensemble, voice and taonga puoro


E Nga iwi

a South Pacific Festival theme song


Hakoakoa (The skua)

for voice and guitar, 1m


Hau

for taonga puoro and male voice, 1m


Hinemoana

for taonga puoro and male voice


Hinemokemoke

for female voice and taonga puoro, 5m


Hineruhi

for female voice and taonga puoro, 1m


Homai o Ringa

for taonga puoro and male voice, 2m


Kakapo

for taonga puoro and male voice


Karanga Weka

for taonga puoro and male voice


Kia Kotahi Mai

for taonga puoro and male voice


Kiwi (The kiwi)

for voice and guitar, 1m


Koau

for taonga puoro and male voice, 1m 37s


Kokako (The blue wattled crow)

for voice and guitar, 1m


Kupe (The voyage of Kupe - Koekoea, the long-tailed cuckoo)

for two voices with guitar and flute, 2m


Mohua (The yellowhead)

for voice and guitar, 1m


Nga Roimata

for taonga puoro and male voice


Nga Tamariki o te Kohu

for voice, taonga puoro, guitar, and kapa haka, 5m


Ororuarangi

for taonga puoro and male voice, 4m


Paihuarere

for taonga puoro and male voice


Pakuru

for taonga puoro (2 players), 4m


Pipi manu e (Young birds)

for voice and piano, 2m


Pipipwharauroa (The shining cuckoo)

for voice and guitar, 1m


Poiawhiowhio

for taonga puoro and male voice, 2m


Porotiti

for taonga puoro and male voice


Porotiti

for taonga puoro and male voice, 1m


Pumotomoto

for male and female voice with taonga puoro, 5m


Pungawerewere (The spider)

for voice and guitar, 1m


Purerehua

for taonga puoro and male voice, 2m


Purerehua

For taonga puoro and male voice


Putorino a Raukatauri (The case moth)

for solo voice and putorino (or woodwind melody instrument), 1m


Raukatauri

for taonga puoro, 5m


Riroriro (The grey warbler)

for voice and guitar, 1m


Roimata Toroa (Tears of the Albatross)

for two voices with guitar and flute, 3m


Rongomai

for taonga puoro and male voice


Ruru (The morepork)

for voice and guitar, 1m


Takapau Horanui

for taonga puoro and two male voices, 4m


Takapu (The gannet)

for voice with guitar and flute, 2m


Taku Putorino

for male voice and taonga puoro, 7m


Taku Putorino

for taonga puoro and male voice


Tangi Koauau

for taonga puoro and male voice, 5m


Tangi Mokemoke a Raureka

for taonga puoro and male voice


Tangimokemoke A Raureka

for taonga puoro and male voice, 3m


Te Aho Ku

for taonga puoro (2 players), 5m


Te Ao Takapau Tuwhara

for taonga puoro and male voice, 1m


Te Auraki a Tane

for taonga puoro (2 players), 2m


Te Hau Kuri (Dog's Breath)

electroacoustic, 5m


Te Hau, te Wai

for taonga puoro and male voice


Te Kokako

for soprano voice, taonga puoro and guitar, 3m


Te Kopere (The rainbow)

for voice and guitar, 2m


Te Korero o Te Kohatu I

for female voice and taonga puoro, 6m


Te Korero o Te Kohatu II

for female voice and taonga puoro


Te Kōkota o Parengarenga

for taonga puoro and male voice


Te Nguru

for taonga puoro and male voice


Te pakanga o nga manu (Part 2)

for two voices and guitar, 1m


Te Po

for taonga puoro, 5m


Te Timatanga

for male and female voice with taonga puoro, 3m


Te Whanau Marama

for male and female voice with taonga puoro, 5m


The Maori Merchant of Venice

music for film, 53m


Tihore Mai

for three-part choir (SAT) and soloist


Tirairaka (The fantail)

for voice and guitar, 1m


Titiwae (Glow-worm)

a song for children


Toiapiapi

for taonga puoro and male voice


Toroa

for taonga puoro and male voice


Tui (The Tui)

for voice and guitar, 1m


Tumatakokiri

for taonga puoro and male voice, 2m


Wai

for taonga puoro and male voice, 6m


Waiata ki te ra (Song to the sun)

for voice and guitar, 2m


Waitangi te Tiriti

for taonga puoro and male voice


Whitiwhiti Ao Turoa

for taonga puoro and male voice