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Te Ika a Maui

for clarinet and orchestra

Year:  2007   ·  Duration:  10m
Instrumentation:  solo clarinet + 3323; 4331; timp.; perc.; strings

Year:  2007
Duration:  10m
Instrumentation  solo clarinet + 3323; 4331;...

Kit Powell

Composer:   Kit Powell

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NZSO conducted by Benjamin Northey, Phil Green (clarinet), 2009.

Kit Powell: Te Ika a Maui; ...

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This is pure program music. I wanted to write a sort of New Zealand “Till Eulenspiegel” and chose the legend of how Maui fishes up Aotearoa. All the main events of the story are depicted: how Maui hides in his brothers’ canoe with his magic hook, how he helps his brothers to a fabulous catch, how he lets down his own special hook and catches something unbelievably big which leads to a herculean struggle, how the brothers cut up Maui’s “fish” while he is going to get help, and then the final realisation that the gods are not pleased with the behaviour of the brothers.

The figure of Maui is played by the clarinet, a part which is so important that the work became a Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra.

This is the first part of a projected four movement Maui Cycle which will include Maui slowing the sun, Maui getting fire and the death of Maui.

Kit Powell

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