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Rakiura SOUNZwrite study guide


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This SOUNZwrite study guide contains:

  • Study Guide
  • Accompanying CD
  • Study score - please contact SOUNZ if you would like to purchase additional copies of the study score.

David Hamilton is one of New Zealand’s foremost choral composers. His Rakiura, for SATB choir, is based on a play by Eileen Philipp and tells, in the style of a Noh drama, the story of a Japanese woman found living in a cave on Stewart Island. The accompanying CD also includes Hamilton’s Lux Aeterna for comparative listening.

This revised version was adapted for study at NCEA Level 2.

Series title

SOUNZwrite education series


Publisher note

SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music Trust

Author note

Researched and written by Cheryl Camm, and revised for NCEA by Karen Carter.