By Helen Fisher
for flute, 2 sopranos, 2 altos, tenor, bass
flute part, spiral bound conductor score and set of 4 vocal scores
Pounamu (1989) by Helen Fisher is perfect for choirs seeking to perform a work that combines Western and Maori musical traditions enhanced by a solo flute. Inspired by the sparkling summer waters of New Zealand’s Tasman Bay, the work employs a choir setting to explore resonances of Maori vowel sounds. The waiata (song) that emerges during the work is based on a tainui whakatauki, or proverb. The flute part can also be performed on Japanese shakuhachi or the Maori koauau.