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Chant - Tupukur ulute : Op.118, for soprano voice, soprano saxophone and orchestra

by Andrew Schultz (2023)

Work Overview

Chant - Tupukur ulute is a short, fast and joyous work for solo soprano voice, solo soprano saxophone and orchestra. It was commissioned to commemorate the East Timor independence struggle and featured in the 2023 Peacekeeping Symphony commissioned by the Flowers of Peace and the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. The piece is based on an ancient Fatuluku children's circle-game chant from Lautein, East Timor as documented in Ros Dunlop's book, Sounds of the Soul - Lian Husi Klamar, 2013. The text is used with permission. There is no fully accurate translation for the text which is in a largely lost language. But the chant is apparently still used by children in a fast-paced circle game. That spirit of vibrant energy has inspired the work.

Tupukur ulute

Tupukur ulute
rulu ina maite
ina mata pua tei
puasaka ta'te
keikelilino lele valu valun
lele nita pokite, poki nita kaite.

Cele cuku, cele cuku, leu ta'tate Leu ta'tate, poko ta'tate
Kaile, kakile, kesume, em ura.

Work Details

Year: 2023

Instrumentation: Solo soprano voice, solo soprano saxophone, 2 flutes (both doubling piccolos), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons, 4 French horns in F, 3 trumpets in C, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, didjeridu in A (player also needs clap sticks), timpani (4), percussion (4 players), harp, strings.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to the amazing energy and courage of the people of East Timor.

Commission note: Commissioned by Australian War Memorial Band.. Chant was commissioned by the Flowers of Peace and the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.


Performances of this work

14 Sep 23: Llewellyn Hall, Canberra, ACT. Featuring Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Chris Latham.

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