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Blue Work


nga manu (bird-song suite)

for two soprano saxophones

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About

nga manu (the birds) was written for Duet d'Ocells to be performed at the World Saxophone Congress in Slovenia. It depicts four typical native New Zealand birds and their habitats.

  • Kea - a large, curious and sometimes destructive parrot found in the mountain ranges;
  • Tui - the native songbird whose beautiful virtuosic melodies are interrupted with deep, guttural groans;
  • Ruru - the tiny native owl who inhabits the nocturnal landscape;
  • And the cheeky, acrobatic Piwakawaka, or fantail, that darts through the air changing direction in a split-second as it snaps up tiny insects in mid-flight.

Contents note


1. Kea
2. Tui
3. Ruru
4. Piwakawaka