Pounamu means ‘greenstone’, a type of jade prized by the Maori people for use in making jewellery and tools. The word also evokes the sea, and this choral piece is inpired by the sparkling summer waters of Tasman Bay, Nelson.
The resonance of the Maori vowel sounds is explored, and mid-way through the piece a waiata (chant) emerges, based on a whakatauki(proverb) of the Tainui people.
Pounamu was performed at the 1990 Asian Music Festival in Japan by the Sendai Hoso Choir. When this choir visited New Zealand in 1991, the flute part was performed on a shakuhachi (traditional Japanese flute). The work has also been performed using the koauau (traditional Maori flute).
Fisher's compositions tend to be modal or freely atonal in style. They are often inspired by the New Zealand environment, her own Cletic heritage as well as Maori culture.
Please note: this edition contains a flute part and a complete vocal score only. There are no separate voice parts at present.
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).
- Part 1: Flute
- Part 2: Voice - Soprano
- Part 3: Voice - Soprano
- Part 4: Voice - Alto
- Part 5: Voice - Alto
- Part 6: Voice - Tenor
- Part 7: Voice - Baritone
Publisher: Promethean Editions
Publisher's reference: PE0065
Our Stock Code: 1357639
Media Type: Paperback - Score only