||’Summer Christmas’ (dur. 6:20) speaks in evocative settings of things relevant to New Zealand referencing beach scenes, the warmth of the summer sun, native birds, the mighty Kauri and ‘our very own Christmas tree’ the iconic Pohutukawa, whilst drawing comparisons with winter Christmas in ‘cooler climes’ (e.g. ’no chestnuts roasting on an open fire’ and a new setting of ‘O Magnum Mysterium’) closing with a choral representation of church bells.
The original text is a combination of English, Te reo Maori and Latin, incorporating translations by Honi Rawhiti (George Lusty). The setting of ‘O Magnum Mysterium’ is in Latin with alternating lines in English and Te Reo Maori.
Scored for choir and piano, it is envisioned that an enhanced accompaniment will be added for possible future performances with orchestral resources if and when required.
$2.00 per octavo. 16 copy minimum order. Also available as a PDF. Check out the youtube performance: