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for a cappella SSAATTBB vocal ensemble

Year:  2007   ·  Duration:  9m

Year:  2007
Duration:  9m

Composer:   Carol Shortis

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Carol Shortis: Tangi; audio

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The poem Tangi was written by Megan Simmonds, a New Zealand poet who lives in the Bay of Plenty. I wanted to explore the use of vocal overtones in this piece; they have often been connected with the spiritual or other-worldly in the various cultures where the technique is practiced.

A tangi (or tangihanga) is a Māori funeral ceremony. The opening material, and position of the singers, is influenced by the Māori powhiri, where visitors are received onto the marae in a customary series of calls and songs by the tangata whenua, each reciprocated in turn by the visitors.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Baroque Voices

Text note

Text by Megan Simmonds

Performance history

27 May 2007: Performance of the original version by Baroque Voices directed by Pepe Becker at the Cathedral of St Paul, Wellington

14 Sep 2007: Performed at the New Zealand School of Music as part of the Composers Competition at Adam Concert Room, Victoria University, in Wellington

07 Nov 2010: SMP Ensemble - Mirrors of the Heart

Performed by Baroque Voices with conductor Brent Stewart, recorded by Radio New Zealand Concert

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