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PACIFIC SONG - FULL SCORE (Double Choir)
[PS03]
£6.50

NEW CHORAL WORK

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As premiered in the ACDA National Convention, Miami, 2007

performed by the Multicultural Honor Choir, conductor Rollo Dilworth

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Scored for Single or Double Choir SATB divisi

Flute db. Piccolo, Percussion (3), optional Piano, Double Bass,

with Tape (CD) original location recordings by David Fanshawe, Tonga 1978

Duration c.10 mins.

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?? Double Choir?

?? 08747009????? Vocal Score SATB divisi.????????????????????????

08747178????? Instrumental Score????????????????????????????????

08747011????? Instrumental Score, Parts and CD???????????

08747012????? CD Tongan Music (both versions)

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Single Choir

08747010 ???? Vocal Score SATB divisi?????????????????????????

08747227????? Instrumental Score???????????????????????????????

08747226????? Instrumental Score, Parts and CD?

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PACIFIC SONG is a new choral work, inspired by the Pacific, which includes some non-western vocal and dance techniques.? It is a salutation to the past, a respect for the preservation of culture and a plea for Peace the Tongan way.? In the immortal words of Ve?ehala ? Ofa atu fau love to you.? I thank you.? D.F.

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1.??? Hulo Hulo??????????????? Hulo hulo omipai lau

tu sava lavalava

tu sava

tu sava lau e

ana huli apalei timala

tu sava lavalava

tu sava lau e

tu sava lau e

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2.??? Muli Tu Pe???????????? Muli tu pe ai lue

tau lafo ?ene lue

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3.??? ?Otuhaka????????????????? ?Otuhaka e auē

???????????????????????????????????????????????tau lafo ?ene lue

hulo hulo ?mipai

tu sava lavalava

tu sava lau e

tu sava lau e

hulo hulo

mālie mālie auē??

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COMPOSER?S NOTE

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Ever since Captain Cook first visited the islands, Tonga has been known as ?The Friendly Isles?.? It is Polynesia?s oldest and last kingdom.? Scattered over a great expanse of the South Pacific ocean, Tonga lies to the south-east of Fiji and to the north of New Zealand.? In fact, the word ?tonga? literally means ?south?.? Tongans today are most likely to have originated from Samoa to the north.? According to the myth, the great god Maui used a fishhook from Samoa to heave all the Tongan islands out of the sea.?? Tonga has three main island groups: Vava?u in the north, Ha?apai in the centre, and Tongatapu in the south, with the present day capital Nuku?alofa.? PACIFIC SONG dates back to 1978 when I began my musical research there with the renowned punake, composer, poet, choreographer and historian, the Late Honourable Ve?ehala, to whom the work is dedicated.?

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In this work I have set ancient Tongan chants in three movements.? Their meanings have mostly been lost in the mists of time; only a few words remain that are understood today.? Here are some of the best known and most beloved songs and rhythms from a far away ?paradise? so rich in musical heritage.? Each movement develops a style of polyphonic singing inspired ?by the lakalaka historical songs, so unique to the Tongan people.? .

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One of the oldest instruments in the Pacific was the fangufangu nose flute, once prevalent throughout Tonga, here represented by the western flute.? It links the movements together by recitative, as do my recordings, which interweave and develop the aural textures.? They include kele?a conch shell horns, gas cylinder church bells, the lali slit-log drum, the overpowering sound of the Pacific Ocean Moana and the recorded voice of Ve?ehala actually singing Hulo Hulo - a poignant moment in the work.? Live sopranos and altos are then heard singing a fond farewell to Ve?ehala - auē, auē.

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From recorded church bells to live tubular bells, calling people to a gathering, there follows an emotive and hauntingly beautiful, specially recorded performance of Muli tu pe from Mu?a (the ancient capital) where the Tu?i Tongas (hereditary kings of Tonga) lived.? This builds to a dramatic climax out of which bursts the third movement with pounding nafa skin drums, inviting all the participants to sing and dance the ?Otuhaka.? This is a women?s traditional sitting dance, where the men remain standing, shouting, stamping and clapping F?! Tā! Pasi! - three distinct types of clapping.? A royal acclamation tuē tuē tuē tuē tuē! (congratulations, hooray!) heralds a Haka action dance which ends the work.? Here members of the live chorus are encouraged to join in - to clap, stamp, shout and move their upper bodies according to a precisely choreographed sequence, thus embracing Tongan dance.? Finally, recorded chiefs and orators respond with their customary ovation Mālie! (it is pleasing, splendid, beautiful!).? The choir answers antiphonally with strident cluster-chords Mālie! Mālie! Auē!? Now I hope many choirs will be encouraged and challenged to memorise the ?Otuhaka, thereby experiencing this action dance faka-Tonga the Tongan way!