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Song of the Gumfield

for male-voice choir and piano duet

Year:  2017   ·  Duration:  3m 45s

Year:  2017
Duration:  3m 45s

Composer:   David Hamilton

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Sample Score

Sample: pages 1-3

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About

William Satchell (1860-1942) was one of a number of pioneers in New Zealand who farmed the land, but also wrote. When his farming venture failed, he moved on to become a storekeeper and stock broker. He is now better remembered as a novelist.

Song of the Gumfield is a descriptive poem about digging the kauri gum in the north of the North Island, describing the harsh conditions under which the men worked. This setting is only the first two verses of the original four in the poem.


Commissioned note

Written for Grammar Voices, Auckland Grammar School


Text note

Text by William Satchell