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In Māori mythology, Te Ihorangi is the god who personifies rain and is one of the off-spring of Rangi (Ranginui - the sky father) and Papa (Papatuanuku - the sky mother). There is also a personification of light misty rain in the goddess Hinewai.
This short piece for orchestra is intended to convey the idea of a dance of joy in the sunshine – there are no dark clouds, no rain about and life goes on happily. Several ideas vie for attention, with the opening string rhythms featuring throughout. Towards the end of the work, Te Ihorangi makes his appearance and the music changes character. Several unusual techniques are employed, and the players are given some freedom to interpret the score in their own way. The rain of Te Ihorangi has arrived!
Written for Taharoto Orchestra from Westlake Girls’ and Westlake Boys’ High Schools and conductor Liz Cable.