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This piece sets a well-known Maori proverb and blessing. Each text seeks something good for others - the English translations of each line beginning with the injunction 'May...'. The proverb is first sung in unison, then presented in an English chant. The initial proverb is then repeated sung largely in canon against itself, with the blessing reappearing towards the end of the piece.
Written for Auckland Boys' Choir and conductor Stuart Weightman
Text from traditional Māori proverbs
17 Feb 2011: Performed by Kate Bell, Wendy Huang, Jasmine Lee, Judy Lee, Tianyi Lu, Thomas Woodfield and Richard Liu (piano) with conductor David Hamilton