nakuniku (2016) for 16-voice choir

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Commission: Harold Rosenbaum / New York Virtuoso Singers

Instrumentation: 16-voice acapella choir (SSSSAAAATTTTBBBB)

Duration: 6 minutes

Program Notes: nakuniku was the name my late grandfather used for me when I was a baby.

Premiere: May 2017 | New York Virtuoso Singers | New York NY

Text:
ong ah ong, ong ghim kong
ghim kong kia, zo lao thia
a bun a bu lai ta hia
ta hia ta pu pu

nakuniku naraku
nakuniku dominadu
hoseh niku
//
“lè sǐ zā bòu
zá bóu kiǎ diǒ ǒr zá bóu kiǎ gǎi kuàng
zór wǔ zǒr kuàng
jiàk wǔ jiǎk kuàng
ǒr liò duǎ liò jià wǔ nǎng siǒ”