Land of Moa March

From Wind Repertory Project
Alex Lithgow

Alex Lithgow (arr. Mayhew Lake)

General Info

Year: 1917
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Trumpet Score
D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet/Trumpet I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

New Zealand, one of the most beautiful countries on earth, has mountains which challenge the Alps, fiords like Norway's, and geysers which remind the tourist of America's Yellowstone National Park. "Land of Moa" is a nickname for New Zealand, Lithgow's home for many years. When the islands in that area were first discovered, any strange birds were found, but no native animals. The flightless moa, about twelve feet tall and now extinct, was related to the ostrich. It received its name from the Maoris, descendants of Polynesians who crossed the Pacific Ocean in canoes centuries before a Dutch se captain, Abel Tasman, discovered New Zealand (but was prevented from going ashore by the then-hostile Maoris). Members of this handsome and talents ethnic group – now numbering over 190,000 out of the nation's total population of over 2.5 million – have performed ritualistic dances with the outstanding National Brass Band of New Zealand on its worldwide tours, each four years, since early in the twentieth century.

- Program Note from March Music Notes

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Watsonville (Calif.) Community Band (Brad Gronroos, conductor) – 8 June 2019 (Golden Gate Park, San Francisco)

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Lithgow, A.; Lake, M. [2017?]. Land of Moa March [score]. Carl Fischer: New York.
  • Smith, Norman E. (1986). March Music Notes. Lake Charles, La.: Program Note Press, pp. 274.