E Pari RaTomoana P. H.
This arrangement was made in 2003 and was requested by Auckland Girls’ Choir. The original song is attributed to P. H. Tomoana, who is also often credited with composing “Pokarekare ana”. The arrangement does not try to reflect an essentially ‘Maori’ style, although the accompaniment in the chorus section is intended to reflect the rhythmic sound of the poi. In fact the arrangement probably takes the piece solidly into the European tradition of choral music. The origins of the song have been related as follows: “In 1918, Paraire Tomoana composed this tangi to Maori soldiers lost in battle against the German army during World War 1. His music is supposed to be based on an obscure German waltz tune, the Blue Eyes Waltz…”
The score includes a pronunciation guide to Maori language.
|Composer||Tomoana P. H.|
|Text author||Tomoana P. H.|
|Opening words||E Pari Ra nga tai ki te akau...|
|Ensemble||SSA + piano|