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HIRI Chants

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composer Steven Paxton
Steven Paxton

Steven Paxton

General Info

Year: 1985 / 2014
Duration: 5:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Creative Spirit
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
BB-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Tuba I-II
String Bass (optional)
Percussion (2 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Bongos (2: high, low)
  • Chimes
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Toms (3: high, medium, low)
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A rhythmic, patternistic work from the 1980s by Steven Paxton, HIRI Chants takes the players and the audience on a non-stop ride, propelled by a six-note ostinato moving through ever-changing tonalities in a minimalist musical style. The title has a double reference: the Christian greeting/mantra “He is risen indeed” provides the six-note ostinato, and the celebratory textures created by overlapping rhythmic patterns and tonalities honor the inter-clan, communal festivals (sing-sings) of Papua New Guinea, where HIRI is one of four official languages.

- Program Note by composer


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