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Songs to the Judges

for voices and piano

Year:  1980   ·  Duration:  50m
Instrumentation:  5 actor-singers (2 female, 3 male), piano

Year:  1980
Duration:  50m
Instrumentation  5 actor-singers (2 female, ...

Composer:   William Dart

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This song-play by Mervyn Thompson investigates the injustices that the pakeha land courts has dished out to the tangata whenua over the years. It was premiered in January 1980 and toured under the auspices of the New Zealand Students Arts Council in 1981.

Contents note

Ahi kaa; The Law Song; Payment; We think you ought to die; Till you came along; We got it all together just for you; Gather up the earth; Land march; Raglan; Once in a Generation; A new kind of song; Three times more likely; Marlene; Scales of Justice; I spit on your court; The Judge's reply; It's coming; Haka (Kamate!); Point of no return; On that day.

Text note

Conceived and written by Mervyn Thompson

Performance history

Margaret Blay, Sharron Da Silva, Arthur Ranford, Hemi Rapata, Mervyn Thompson, William Dart (piano)

Performed by Mervyn Thompson, Sharron Da Silva, Hemi Rapata, Margaret Blay, Arthur Ranford and William Dart (piano) in 1982

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