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By Christopher Marshall

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Concert band (Piccolo, Flute 1, 2, 3, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet in Bb 1, 2, 3, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone 1, 2, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Trumpet in Bb 1, 2, 3, Horn in F 1, 2, Trombone 1, 2, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, String Bass, Timpani, Percussion ) - grade 4
Composed by Christopher Marshall. Band Music. Platinum Band Series. Score and parts. Duration 5:30. Published by C. Alan Publications (CN.10970).

Item Number: CN.10970

Experience the Pacific Island of Samoa in Christopher Marshall's Okaoka The island sound is evident in the brisk rhythms and overlaying motives. If you are looking for a piece to portray more authentic island sounds, this is the piece for you.

This music is inspired by my memories of the unique sights and sounds of the Pacific Islands of Samoa, where I lived and worked for three years (1989-1992). Okaoka! (pronounced 'awkaAWka') is a Samoan exclamation of surprise - something like "Wow!" in English. Most Samoan dance is accompanied by song and this one is built on the light-hearted song "Okaoka La'u Honey" where the singer compares his lover to some of the most sought-after and exotic foods availble in Samoa at the turn of the 20th century. The music starts in a reflective mood, as if the singer is trying to recall the words of the song. Then flowing lines suggest a single dancer performing the graceful, dignified movements of the 'siva sa'o', or formal dance. Gradually more and more dancers join in, excitement builds, and the music becomes an expression of unrestrained exuberance. Then, as in a dream, the sounds and images of the dancers dissolve in the fragrant calm of the night.

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