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Nga Tapuwae o Kupe (The Footprints of Kupe)

for choir, ensemble and dancers

Year:  1992   ·  Duration:  20m
Instrumentation:  choir, percussion, Rarotongan drums, guitars (students), Taonga Puoro (koauau), piano, clarinet in B flat, alto saxophone, horn in F, flute, guitar (advanced performer)

Year:  1992
Duration:  20m
Instrumentation  choir, percussion, Rarotong...

Composer:   Helen Fisher

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About

Nga Tapuwae o Kupe is a music drama directed by Rangimoana Taylor. It is based on the story of Kupe's journey from Hawaiki to Aotearoa and his discovery of various landmarks around Whanganui-a-Tara/the Wellington region.

While this work maintains a strong Maori theme, with karanga, haka and waiata, as well it weaves in other Pacific and European elements.

For school choir, instrumentalists, dancers and kapa haka, this work was composed with the financial assistance of a composition grant from Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council and was first performed by 140 students from South Wellington Intermediate School in July 1992 for Artsplash, the Wellington Young People's Festival.


Commissioned note

Composition Grant from the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council (now Creative New Zealand) for Artsplash Young People's Festival


Difficulty note

This work is suitable for intermediate school or junior secondary school students.


Contents note

Eight songs


Text note

Text: Rangimoana Taylor, Helen Fisher


Performance history

Performed by South Wellington Intermediate Choir and band;Justin Pearce (horn); Apirana Taylor(koauau); Julie Sperring (flute/ piano); Bridget Miles (clar/ sax); directed by Rangimoana Taylor. was first performed by 140 students from South Wellington Intermediate School in July 1992 for Artsplash, the Wellington Young People's Festival.