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Te Hau o Tāwhirimātea

for flute and taonga pūoro

Year:  2004   ·  Duration:  11m
Instrumentation:  Flutes: piccolo/alto flute; Taonga puoro: pūtōrino, kōauau ponga ihu, pūmotomoto

Year:  2004
Duration:  11m
Instrumentation  Flutes: piccolo/alto flute;...

Composer:   Philip Brownlee

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Philip Brownlee: Te Hau o T...

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Te Hau o Tāwhirimātea is dedicated to Richard Nunns and Bridget Douglas. The music aims to create a space in which the musicians, and the voices of their instruments, may speak together. The musical space is flexible, encouraging spontaneous dialogue between the various instrumental voices. Tāwhirimātea, the wind god, child of Earth and Sky, represents powerful elemental forces, but he is also capable of gentle playfulness. Te hau refers also to human breath, the force which animates the wind instruments. From the mingling of breath, sweet voices are brought into being.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Richard Nunns and Bridget Douglas from Stroma, with funding from Creative New Zealand

Bridget Douglas | Richard Nunns |

Dedication note

to Richard Nunns and Bridget Douglas

Performance history

26 Sep 2004: Performed by Bridget Douglas (flute), Richard Nunns (taonga puoro) at St Andrew's on The Terrace in Wellington

15 May 2005: performed by Richard Nunns during New Zealand Day in the New Zealand garden of the Arboretum at the University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

11 May 2007: Okta Concert

Performed by Richard Nunns (taonga puoro), Bridget Douglas (Flutes)

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