Taloa: An Exploration of Music by American Indian & Maori Composers: Music, Nature, and the Spirit

November 23, 2015
 

Composers from Vivaldi to Beethoven to Bartok have created music inspired by the natural world. As our world becomes ever more urbanized, composers from aboriginal backgrounds are finding timeless yet deeply personal ways to connect their music to the sounds of nature. Astonishing music can begin with a piece of whalebone. Or the song of New Zealand’s tuneful bellbird. Or the roar of Oklahoma Thunder. This program features a visit with the eminent M?ori composer Dame Gillian Whitehead.

TALOA: AN EXPLORATION OF MUSIC BY AMERICAN INDIAN AND MAORI COMPOSERS
Program 1 (of 4) “Music, Nature and the Spirit”
Host Name: Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate    

Name of piece/work: Thunder 3
Name of composer: swoods800
Name of performer(s): N/A
Timing of where it starts in the audio file: 00:08 Duration: 00:12
Source of Recording: swoods800 (audio recording) at Freesound. Creative Commons Attribution License.Recorded September 2011. https://www.freesound.org/people/swoods800/sounds/136284/

Name of piece/work: Tracing Mississippi, Concerto for Flute and Orchestra – Movement 4 Halshi’ Hiloha (Sun Thunder)
Name of composer: Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate
San Francisco Symphony; Christine Bailey Davis, flute; Edwin Outwater, conductor
Timing of where it starts in the audio file: (00:20) Duration: 22 seconds
Album Title: San Francisco Symphony and Chorus - Works by Jerod Impichchaachaaha Tate
Record Label: Azica Records CD Number: ACD 71242

Name of piece/work: Piano Concerto No. 3, BB 127
Name of composer: Béla Bartók
Name of performer(s): Wiener Philharmoniker; György Sandor, piano; Michael Gielen, conductor
Timing of where it starts in the audio file: 00:46 Duration: 00:13
Album Title: “Gyorgy Sandor Plays Bartok,” VOX 2004 CD Number: Catalogue No: CDX25506

Name of piece/work: Puhake ki te rangi
Name of composer: Gillian Whitehead
Name of performer(s): Richard Nunns with the New Zealand String Quartet
Timing of where it starts in the audio file: 3 plays at: 2:40; 3:40; 4:55 Duration: 00:50, 00:17, 15:50
Album Title: Puhake ki te rangi
Record Label: Atoll CD Number: ACD 107

Name of piece/work: Ute Drum
Name of composer: N/A
Timing of where it starts in the audio file: 4:05
Duration: 00:25
Additional Notes: Example of Native American counterpart from Jerod

Name of piece/work: N/A
Name of composer: Horomona Horo
Name of performer(s): Horomona Horo
Timing of where it starts in the audio file: 22:08 Duration: 00:38
Additional Notes: Improvisation using a conch shell, by Horomona Horo, from the day Jerod visited him at his office.
Source of Recording: Recording by Radio New Zealand Concert, 2015.

Name of piece/work: Hineraukatauri
Name of composer: Gillian Whitehead
Name of performer(s): Luca Manghi and Horomona Horo
Timing of where it starts in the audio file: 24:45-1st play; 25:14-2nd play Duration: 00:05-1st play; 12:58-2nd play
Additional Notes: Radio New Zealand Concert Recording

Name of piece/work: Hineraukatauri
Name of composer: Gillian Whitehead
Name of performer(s): Alexa Still and Richard Nunns
Timing of where it starts in the audio file: 38:45 Duration: 30 seconds
Album Title: “Puhake ki te rangi,”
Record Label: Atoll CD Number: ACD 107

Name of piece/work: Torua
Name of composer: Gillian Whitehead
Name of performer(s): Hilary Hahn, violin; Cory Smythe, piano
Timing of where it starts in the audio file: 41:50 Duration: 4:12
Album Title: “In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores,”
Record Label: Deutsche Grammophon, 2013 CD Number: 0289 479 1725 0 2

Name of piece/work: XC196132-Eastern Towhee (audio recording)
Name of composer: Paul Marvin
Name of performer(s): N/A
Timing of where it starts in the audio file: 47:52-1st play; 48:17-2nd play Duration: 00:13 (1st play); 01:33-2nd play
Additional Notes: Recorded July 5, 2014.
Source of Recording: Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license. Permission to use in TALOA granted by the recordist. Link.

Name of piece/work: Piano Concerto No. 3, BB 127 - II. Adagio Religioso
Name of composer: Bela Bartok
Name of performer(s): Wiener Philharmoniker; György Sandor, piano; Michael Gielen, conductor
Timing of where it starts in the audio file: 48:17 Duration: 01:33
Album Title: Gyorgy Sandor Plays Bartok, VOX 2004 CD Number: CDX2 5506

Name of piece/work: XC112821 New Zealand Bellbird
Name of composer: N/A
Timing of where it starts in the audio file: 50:05-1st play; 57:50-2nd play Duration: 00:45-1st play; 01:10-2nd play
Additional Notes: Recorded Nov 12, 2012
Source of Recording: (audio recording) by Chris Benesh. Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license. Permission to use in TALOA granted by recordist. Link.

Name of piece/work: Arapatiki
Name of composer: Gillian Whitehead
Name of performer(s): Henry Wong Doe
Timing of where it starts in the audio file: 52:05 Duration: 5:25
Album Title: “Landscape Prelude,”
Record Label: Rattle CD Number: RAT-D046

Name of piece/work: Soul III for solo piano. Movement 1, "Immersion”
Name of composer: David “Bad Eagle” Yeagley
Name of performer(s): David “Bad Eagle” Yeagley
Timing of where it starts in the audio file: (00:18) Duration: 1:12
Source of Recording: Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Recording from early 1970s. Used by kind permission of Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

Name of piece/work: Wessi-vah-Peh
Name of composer: David “Bad Eagle” Yeagley
Name of performer(s): National Polish Radio Symphony; David Oberg, conductor; Timothy Archambault, flute
Timing of where it starts in the audio file: 02:10 Duration: 6:40
Album Title: “Boyadjian: Armenian Suite - Retzel: Tamarind for Orchestra - Yeagley: Wessi Vah-Peh for American Indian Flute and Orchestra,”
Record Label: Opus One, 2013 CD Number: Catalogue No 198

Name of piece/work: Choctaw Nights: Fanfare for a Choctaw Soul
Name of composer: George Quincy
Name of performer(s): The New York 5
Timing of where it starts in the audio file: 09:37 Duration: 5:16
Album Title: “Choctaw Nights,”
Record Label: Albany Records, 2003 CD Number: Catalogue No 596

Name of piece/work: Te Take O Te Rakau
Name of composer: Charles Te Ahukaram? Royal
Name of performer(s): Charles Te Ahukaram? Royal, vocals; Horomona Horo, taonga p?oro
Timing of where it starts in the audio file: 16:23 Duration: 6:00
Source of Recording: Radio New Zealand Concert Recording, 2015

Name of piece/work: Taiohi Taiao
Name of composer: Gillian Whitehead
Name of performer(s): Tower Voices New Zealand; Karen Grylls, conductor; Richard Nunns, taonga p?oro
Timing of where it starts in the audio file: 23:25-1st play; 24:28-2nd play Duration: 01:00-1st play; 10:37-2nd play
Album Title: “Choral Recital: Spirit of the Land”
Record Label: Naxos, 2008 CD Number: Catalogue No: MMT2065

Name of piece/work: The Improbable Ordered Dance
Name of composer: Gillian Whitehead
Name of performer(s): New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Marc Taddei, conductor
Timing of where it starts in the audio file: 36:48 Duration: 20:52
Album Title: “Alice”
Record Label: Atoll, 2001 CD Number: Catalogue No: ACD613

Name of piece/work: Pt. Chevalier Beach
Name of composer: N/A
Timing of where it starts in the audio file: 58:00 Duration: 1:25 Source of Recording: Recorded by Tim Dodd of Radio New Zealand Concert, 2015
Additional Notes: Sound of running water and footsteps.


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