Recontextualising a Singing Treasure: Eve De Castro-Robinson’s Clarion

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This paper is partially presented as a personal narrative or piece of autoethnography. What follows is an account of how I came to commission a new trumpet concerto by leading New Zealand composer Eve De Castro-Robinson’s for trumpet and pūtātara
(name given to a conch shell adapted with a wooden mouthpiece by
the Māori people). Over the past four decades traditional Māori instruments from
New Zealand (called taonga pūoro or ‘singing treasures’) have had a major revival in the hands of musicians, scholars and instrument makers. The writing considers what I feel to be the ethical considerations of playing a when I myself am Pākehā (of European descent).
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2020
EventCFP: Words, Music and Marginalisation (27.03.2020)
: 6th Biennial Conference of the Forum of the International Association for Word and Music Studies (WMAF)
- St Andrews, St Andrews, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Sept 20203 Sept 2020


ConferenceCFP: Words, Music and Marginalisation (27.03.2020)
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CitySt Andrews
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