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Land of the Long White Cloud


Genre: Band
# of Players: Standard
Level: 5 | Duration: 14:00
Publisher: G & M Brand | Copyright: 1996

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    From majestic to pastoral to dance-like, Land of the Long White Cloud is Philip Sparke's representation of New Zealand. This piece is a wonderful addition to the concert band repertoire.

    Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard
    Level: 5 | Duration: 14:00

    1st Flute
    2nd Flute
    1st Oboe
    2nd Oboe*
    Eb Clarinet*
    1st Bb Clarinet
    2nd Bb Clarinet
    3rd Bb Clarinet
    Eb Alto Clarinet
    Bb Bass Clarinet
    1st Bassoon
    2nd Bassoon*
    1st Eb Alto Saxophone
    2nd Eb Alto Saxophone
    Bb Tenor Saxophone
    Eb Baritone Saxophone*

    1st F Horn
    2nd F Horn
    3rd F Horn
    4th F Horn
    1st Bb Cornet
    2nd Bb Cornet
    3rd Bb Cornet
    1st Bb Trumpet
    2nd Bb Trumpet
    1st Trombone
    2nd Trombone
    3rd Trombone
    TC Baritone

    String Bass*

    Percussion 1 (suspended cymbal, bells, snare drum, bass drum)
    Percussion 2 (crash cymbals, tenor drum, xylophone, glockenspiel)

    Parts marked with and asterisk (*) are NOT ESSENTIAL, although their presence will obviously enable a fuller realization of the composer's intentions to be achieved.

    Program Notes
    Long before Europeans ventured out of sight of land, the bold and restless ancestors of the Maori people were making voyages of thousands of miles across the world's greatest oceans. It was around 1000 AD that they landed in New Zealand.

    The discovery of New Zealand is attributed in Maori tradition to Kupe and the circumstances of the landfall gave the country its Maori name.

    As land was approached, a long, flat volcanic cloud could be seen. Kupe's wife Hine-te-aparangi, looked to the horizon and cried out, "He ao! He ao! A cloud! A cloud!" The name of Aotearoa was given to the islands - The Land of the Long White Cloud.

    Land of the Long White Cloud was originally conceived as a brass band work as a result of a commission by the New Zealand Brass Band Association for their National Championships held in 1980 in Christchurch.

    This transcription by the composer was commissioned by Keith Allen and Birmingham Schools' Wind Orchestra who gave the first performance in the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham, England on Sunday 15 May 1988.

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