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Asian and Pacific repertory

Date: Sat, 10 Sep 1994 12:54:13 -0600
From: Nina Gilbert
Subject: Re: Asia/Pacific music (was: Misa Criolla)

DKELLER writes,

>I hope
>to program a concert on Asian and music of the South Pacific in the Fall
>of 1995. A REAL CONCERN !!!!!! Any feedback ?

If by "feedback" you mean suggestions, I'd recommend the "earthsongs"
catalog (220 N.W. 29th Street, Corvallis, Oregon 97330, phone
503-758-5760). Earthsongs includes an appealing handful of music with
various types of Indian connections.

The only piece I've heard from that handful is "Dravidian Dithyramb."
Forgive the incomplete citation; I don't have the composer's name in
front of me, but it's the only "Davidian Dithyramb" in the catalog (!).
Larry Kaptein's group performed it convincingly at the ACDA divisional
convention in Denver last spring.

For Japanese music, try to find works published by Ongaku No Tomo Sha
Corporation. Presser imports some of their editions. If you have a treble
group, Hotaru Koi is a lovely SSA arrangement of a Japanese children's
song about a firefly. The arrangement is by Ro Ogura, and the Presser
catalog number is 312-41520.

If someone can translate and transliterate (music and correspondence)
for you, it might be a worthwhile adventure to try to contact the
publisher in Tokyo:

Ongaku No Tomo Sha Corp.
Kagurazaka 6-30
Tokyo, Japan

I hope others will post recommendations of Asian-connected music to the

Thank you,

Nina Gilbert
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Nina Gilbert, Wabash College, Crawfordsville IN 47933 (USA)
phone/FAX 317-364-4299
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Date: Sun, 11 Sep 1994 06:51:13 -0600
From: EDWARDS(a)
Subject: Re: Asia/Pacific music (was: Misa Criolla)

Just a followup on Nina Gilbert's message about Japanese music. You can
readily write to Ongaku No Tomo sha in Tokyo in English. Many Japanese are
quite proficient in English (esp. in written form), and I have both corresponded
and met with people at ONTS using English quite successfully. Michele

J. Michele Edwards (Music Dept.) 612/696-6521 Bitnet: edwards(a)macalstr
Macalester College, St. Paul, MN 55105 Internet: edwards(a)

Date: Mon, 12 Sep 1994 08:22:58 -0600
From: SweeHong Lim
Subject: Asian related music

Dear people,

This is to follow through on Nina's recommendation of ethnic music. The
following places can also be contacted for Asian choral music.

Cultural Centre of the Philippines (CCP)
(unfortunately i do not have their address at hand - call the Philippine
embassy in Washington DC for details)
As a national institution they published choral music for
all age groups from children's choirs to madrigal-type folk songs of the
Philippines for college choirs.

There is also the League of Filipino Composers that are involved in
publishing, and they come under the umbrella of the CCP as well.

University of the Philippines
Dilliman Campus, Quezon City
Manila, Philippines
Attn: Prof Ramon Santos

They have an extremely nationalistic composition department and is the
home to the versatile UP Madrigal Singers under the leadership of Mrs
Andrea Veneracion.

For sacred Asian music, contact:

Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music
P.O. Box 3167
1099 Manila, Philippines
Fax: (632) 722 1490
Attn: Dr Francisco Feliciano

This was my alma mater for my undergrad studies. They presently operate a
Master program as well. Students are predominantly Filipinos but students
from the Asian region used to be well represented in this school. As such,
music from other Asian countries like Thailand, Indonesia, Burma can also
be found in this school. While the school does publish music (transcribed
works collected by resident ethnomusicologist and professional composers), the
products of the students largely remain unpublish though the choir uses
them on concert tours (and will probably be so until some form of financial
support can go into this) and they are pretty good - so there is no harm
checking them out if you happen to be in that part of the neighbour as i
doubt they will release the students' work out.

AILM in conjunction with the Christian Conferene of Asia (CCA) has
published an Asian Hymnal, Sound the Bamboo, and like i mentioned before
to some people on this list, if one is good at doing arrangements, this is
a good source to look into for fresh materials.

i remember also that there is a Greta Olson teaching in Hong Kong and she
has contacts with composers writing Chinese music - Greta are you still here?

In Taiwan, there is a indigenous theological seminary and I have a
classmate there that is doing composition and ethmusicological research
in the music of the indigenous people of taiwan (no, they are not chinese).

i also know of a couple that is doing something along the above in
Thailand. Finally, there is an organisation in Indonesia (Jarkarta)
called Yamuger that is working at creating indigenous music for christian
worship. If you are interested in any of these, just contact me and i
will give you their contact addresses and phone - sorry no email
facilities available just yet for some of my friends.

i hope this will be helpful to anyone interested in this area.


email: slim(a)

Date: Tue, 13 Sep 1994 20:31:24 -0600
Subject: Re: Asia/Pacific music (was: Misa Criolla)

Just another follwup on messages about Japanses music from Japan(^_^).

Ongaku No Tomo sha ( means "Friends of Music" company ) is a very popular
publishing company in Japan, but not the only one(^_-). I also recommend
you to contact EDITON KAWAI ( a branch of the noted piano-maker ), who
publishes more Japanese choral musics than ONTS.

TEL.81-3-3374-7595 FAX.81-3-3320-7860

Mabe, it is better to use facsimile......not phone. Average Japanese
cannot speak or listen English, but can read it.

Date: Sun, 18 Sep 1994 15:14:45 -0600
From: "Lynne C. Bradley"
Subject: Re: Japanese Choral Music

In case Michael Anderson does not have any copies of the Japanese
Repertoire list for Womens Choirs, I have at least one copy. Let me know
iif you have any questions.

Lynne Bradley
On Wed, 14 Sep 1994, Walter Collins wrote:

> Has anyone mentioned the extensive pamphlet that the late David Larson
> prepared for the 1987 ACDA Convention on Japanese choral music
> for treble voices. It is an annotated list of works by Japanese
> composers for women's choirs.
> I believe it might be available from IFCM or ACDA. Michael
> Anderson, Deputy Secretary-General of IFCM and a participant
> on this list, might know.
> Walter Collins
> wcollins(a)

Date: Wed, 06 Aug 1997 22:16:10 +0000
From: Mark O'Leary
Subject: Asia-Pacific region treble choir music

In July I requested information on choral music for treble choirs from
the Asia-Pacific region. Following is a compilation of my responses, as
well as a listing of my suggestions. Thanks to all respondents:

Kashiri (Korean song) by Ham.

From:"Monica J. Hubbard"
Jim Laster published a monograph several years ago of Japanese choral
music for treble voices. Most of those titles are included in a database
I maintain for ACDA. If you do not hear from Jim directly get back to me
and I can send you information about purchase of the data base.

From:Martin Banner
A must do -"Minoi, Minoi" SSAA a cappella (Polynesian), published by

From:Judith Cook Tucker, Publisher
World Music Press
Joban Tanko Bushi (#19 $1)
a well-known Japanese work song of the miners of Ibaragi Prefecture, in three
treble parts. The arrangement (by Wendy Stuart who has lived in Japan and
arranges songs with great sensitivity to the culture) includes typical
chanted vocal embellishments.

From: Paul Forster
Victorian Boys Choir - Australia.
Dear Mark,
I have in my possession a songbook entitled:- "Songs For The
Southwest Pacific" by F.N.Ebbeck. The publishers are Thomas Nelson Australia
Ltd. The copyright was established in 1967. The contents include well known
traditional songs available in many other sources, but also some ususual
songs from the South Sea Islands, New Zealand, Samoa etc. They are mostly
unison, with the occasional two part arrangement. No accompaniment is
provided. I trust that this may be of some help.

From:Robert Irwin Engle

Lawson-Gould is in the process of issuing an SSA arrangment of a Hawaiian
chant ("Ua Nani o Nu'uanu") in English and Hawaiian. Quite easy, and
more effective if the kala'au (sticks) sitting dance can be done to accompany
it. They will also release "Kanaka Waiwai," a Hawaiian folksong this year
at the same time. Even though Kanaka Waiwai (the Biblical story of the
rich young ruler) is scored for TTB, it could easy be sung SSA an octave
higher. The latter composition is scored for piano and voices, with
guitar chords indicated on the piano score. Ukulele could be used to
duplicate the same chords. I am the arranger of both of these pieces and
have submitted the final galley sheets to them about a month ago. They
list a 1997 copyright date on the proofs, so I assume they plan to release
them this year. These will be the first Pacific titles (and hopefully
not the last) in the extensive Lawson-Gould world music catalog.

Lawson-Gould, based in New York City, is one of the world's largest world
music publishers. These titles would have been released quite a while
ago, had it not been for a longlasting debate between them and me over the
use of the indigenous language (only). I hope you will see them in print
soon. Best wishes on your search.

From:Susan McMane
I have performed much music from Alliance publications.
Their address is Alliance Music Publications, Inc. P.O. Box
131977 Houston, Texas 77219-1977 phone
713-868-9980 FAX: 713 802-2988
Two pieces that come to mind are Minoi, Minoi (Samoan) and Arirang
(Korean) published as SSA.
Good luck.

Mark O'Leary's listing (as presented at the Australian Society for Music
Education National Conference in Brisbane, Australia in July. (Further
details are available on request.)

A. Simple unison and easy two-part songs

1. Ahrirang Korea SA and piano
arr. Mark O'Leary
Mark O'Leary Music Publishing

2. Pusi Nofo Samoa SA and piano
arr. Christopher Marshall
Vaia'ata Print, available from
Sounz New Zealand

3. Sakura Japan SA and piano
arr. Denise Bacon
Kodaly Centre of America

4. Pokare kare ana New Zealand SA, 2 flutes & guitar
Poware Tomoana arr.
Mark O'Leary
Mark O'Leary Music Publishing

5. Monkey and Turtle Torres Strait Unison and piano
arr. Stephen Leek
from Island Songs
Morton Music MM811

6. My Rooster Papua New Guinea SA and piano
arr. Joseph Roff
from Songs of Papua New Guinea
Thomas House Publications

B. Works of moderate difficulty in three parts

7. Hotaru koi Japan SSA unaccompanied
arr. Ro Ogura
Ongaku No tomo Sha Corp.
Agent: Theodore Presser

8. Dago Inang Sarge Indonesia (Sumatra) SSA and piano
arr. Mark O'Leary
Mark O'Leary Music Publishing

9. Three Folksongs from Torres Strait Islands SSA and piano
Serrar e arr. Frank A. York
Nane Nane Kelly Sebastian Music Pub.
Monkey and Tortle

10. Haere ra New Zealand (Maori) SSA and piano
arr. Mark O'Leary
Mark O'Leary Music Publishing

C. Works of greater difficulty in four parts

11. Nodle Kangbyon South Korea S(S)A(A) and piano
arr. Wallace Hornady

12. Moe moe pepe Samoa SSAA unaccompanied
arr. Christopher Marshall

13. Pusi Nofo Samoa SSAA unaccompanied
arr. Christopher Marshall
Vaia'ata Print, available from
Sounz New Zealand
Published in the USA by
Alliance Music Publications, Inc.

Above pieces published by Mark O'Leary Music Publishing are part of the
Young Voices of Melbourne Choral Series. Further information about this
series can be found at

Date: Tue, 11 Nov 1997 14:21:04 -0800
From: Rachel Grantham
Subject: Maori compilation(long)

Dear Listers:

Here's a compilation/summary of the helpful and generous responses to my
request for a choral setting of any traditional Maori song.

My thanks to Thomas Liggett, Tom Lumb, Alison Stewart, Ann Andersen,
Mark O'Leary, Cindy Fedders, Marjorie Drysdale, Glenn Burdette, Bob
Engle, Evelyn Kaehler, and Stuart McIntosh.


Try contacting the Centre for New Zealand Music:

[Results of search there appear immediately below:]

Charles, John: Five Maori Songs 1991 (These traditional songs have ben
arranged for orchestra to
accompany the National Maori Choir. The songs are: Po kare kare
ana; E pari ra; Kia ngawari, Te ope
tuatahi; Nga tama a tu. The choral arrangements are by Rim D.
Duration: Library Recording: No Library Score: No

Fisher, Helen: Takiri Mai Te Awatea 1990 (for SATB choir and kapa
haka group)
Duration: 30' Library Recording: No Library Score: Yes

Katene, Pouho: Pokarekareana (arranged for SSATB choir)
Duration: 2' Library Recording: No Library Score: Yes
Published: SOUNZ Licence Commercial Recording: VSS - NZ Moari

McDonald, Ian: Waiata Mo Papa/Earthfire Chorales 1988 ( for
cultural group, SATB, guit, ob,vc.)
Duration: 10' Library Recording: No Library Score: No

Melbourne, Hirini: Tihore Mai (for 3 part choir and soloist)
Duration: Library Recording: No Library Score: Yes

Melbourne, Hirini: E Nga iwi ( A South Pacific Festival theme song)

Duration: Library Recording: Yes Library Score: No
Commercial Recording: KP CD SLD-101

Puanaki, Richard: Ka Waiata Ki A Maria (Maori prayer for
improvising choir)
Duration: 2' Library Recording: Yes Library Score: Yes
Published: SOUNZ Licence Commercial Recording: CD MANU 1471; SPR
63c Cassette

Tata, Greg: Manakitanga (The Sacred Words of the Beatitudes) 1992
(sacred cantata with Maori
text in oratorio style)
Duration: 20' Library Recording: No Library Score: Yes

Wehi, Ngapo: Hinemoa (maori choral)
Duration: Library Recording: No Library Score: Yes
Hine e Hine - SSAATTBB +sop solo (Arr:Diane Cooper: arranged for the NZ
National Youth Choir, with Kiri te Kanawa)

Hine e Hine - SATBB +sop solo (Arr; Dorothy Buchanan)--a lullaby

Pokarekare ana - SSAATTBB + sop solo (Arr: Guy E Jansen: arranged for
the NZ National Youth Choir, with Kiri te Kanawa).--a love song.

Traditional Maori songs are chanted and are
generally in unison. However, more recently, (late 19th century and
20th century) some harmonised songs have emerged. Songs such as, Hine e

hine, pokarekare ana and others.
I have arranged, and publish, 2 Maori songs:

Haere ra SSA and piano (traditional song of farewell)
Pokare kare ana SA, 2 flutes and guitar

Information about these arrangements can be found on the Choral Series
page of the Young Voices of Melbourne web site at:

They are also recorded on our Mostly Australian Songs CD.

There is a fabulous arrangement of Tutira Mai for SA, flute, piano and
cello by New Zealander Anthony Ritchie.

(Mark O'Leary, )

In Spring (SSAA)
Music by Joan Griffith
lyrics adapted from a Maori poem with additional original
lyrics by Joan Griffith. Vocal arrangement by Anita Ruth
Published by Pleasing Dog Music

email address: amruth(a)
There is a setting "Now Is the Hour" arr. by John Wells, deputy
of the New Zealand National Youth Choir, on that group's recording "Te
Roopu Rangatahi Waiata o Aotea Roa, c.1992 Ode Record Co., Auckland, NZ.

Very beautiful, but don't know if the piece has been published.
Maori suite, for soloists, chorus and orchestra (althought this score
has a piano reduction), written by Ashley Heenan, published in 1984 by
Wai-te-ata Press in Wellington, New Zealand [found through OCLC search].