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Tanu

Tanu
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  • AvP Number : 182
  • Composer : John Beckwith
  • Composer Dates : born 1927
  • Canadian : Yes
  • Instrumentation : soprano, flute and cello
  • Format : score and 2 instrumental parts
  • Difficulty : moderately easy
  • Duration : 6:30
  • Pages (print) : 20
  • Pages (download) : 23

Tanu is the name of a former Haida village in southern Haida Gwaii, off the west coast of Canada. John Beckwith wrote this piece after visiting Haida Gwaii in 2013.  The text derives from historical lists of the carved images found on the village’s poles and the often fanciful names of its longhouses.  The music is somewhat influenced by songs recorded by Haida singers.  The soprano plays a hand drum and a rattle in addition to singing.