Label: Rose Record (24) - none • Format: CD • Country: US • Genre: Classical • Style: Early
One may wonder in what sense this recording constitutes the promised "rediscovery" of Hawaiian vocal music when there are many recordings of Hawaiian song available, but rest assured, this is indeed something new and different, or old and different.
The Rose Ensemblebased not in Hawaii but in St. Paul, MN, uncovers a range of Ten To One - Circlesquare - Songs About Dancing And Drugs that will be unfamiliar to most listeners, probably even in Hawaii. The temporal range runs from the s to about the s, just before D Yer Mak R - No Mercy - My Promise Hawaiian craze made the music of the islands internationally popular.
Many kinds of music appeared in Hawaii over this long span of time, and the disc samples several of them, not all of which are covered in the rather dense booklet. Sacred and secular music are mixed together but do not clash, and most of the pieces of both kinds are accompanied by a ukulele.
All of the music is in the Hawaiian language, and English translations are provided. Generally the music falls into four categories, two of which are denoted by the name Himeni, or hymn.
The first and earliest group consists of the first music written in Hawaiian by missionaries, in the early s. The booklet aptly describes these as chilling in some respects. They did not have music of their own but were sung to existing New England hymn tunes, some of the proper Lowell Mason sort -- Mason 's own Missionary Hymn is here, translated into Hawaiian track Others, however, are sung to music resembling the earlier New England style of William Billings and his contemporaries.
Both patterns show up in the first hymns with music written in Hawaii, in the s, and these seem to have, to a greater Totenkopf Rictus - Phosphore Blanc - Xenophobos lesser degree, the melodic traits now thought of as Hawaiian. There are also pieces called Mele Hula, or Hula Songs; these get short shrift in the booklet but appear to consist of traditional chants, accompanied by percussion.
Finally there is the Mele Hawai'I, or Hawaiian song, influenced by American music but with many Hawaiian practitioners, most prominently Hawaii's last monarch, Queen Lili'uokalani.
It was she who composed the heartbreaking song of farewell and loss that became the most familiar of all Hawaiian pieces, Aloha Oe, very nicely performed here by vocal soloists Heather Cogswell and Kim Sueoka. But the real virtue here is that this famed song is put into a very powerful context by other pieces that merge traditional themes, both Hawaiian and Christian, with sorrow over the American takeover of Hawaii. Kailua - The Rose Ensemble - Nā Mele Hawaii: A Rediscovery Of Hawaiian Vocal Music will never hear Aloha Oe quite the same way again after hearing Ke Aloha o ka Haku The Queen's Prayer, track 27written by Lili'uokalani from her prison cell inand the earlier and later works all have stories to tell as well.
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Release Date December 24, Label The Rose Ensemble. Release Info Studio Recording. Track Listing. Ku'u Pua I Paoakalani, song. Queen Lydia Lili'uokalani. The Rose Ensemble. Namolokama la, folk song. O Wakea noho ia Papahanaumoku, folk song.
No luna e ka halekai no ka ma'alewa, folk song. Ho'okani Misionari, hymn after a missionary hymn by Charles Zeuner. Pohaku Kahiko, hymn tune: "Zadoc". Pua Onaona, song. Charles E. Lei Gardenia, song. Ponomau, hymn tune: "Dalston". Perine, hymn. Aia la 'o Pele, folk song. Kawika, folk song. Luakini, traditional temple chant. Kailua, hymn tune: "Uxbridge". Ku'u Leilehua. Nani Wale Lihu'e, song. Prince Leleiohoku. Lutera, hymn after Martin Luther. Ka'ahumanu, hymn. Hanalei, hymn tune: "St.
Pua Roselani, song. Sweet Lei Mamo, song attrib. Kailua - The Rose Ensemble - Nā Mele Hawaii: A Rediscovery Of Hawaiian Vocal Music Misionari, hymn after a missionary hymn by Lowell Mason. Lili'u e, folk song. He Mele Lahui Hawai'i, song. Ke Aloha o ka Haku, song. Aloha Oe Farewell To Theesong. Hawai'i Aloha. Namolokama la, folk song Traditional.
O Wakea noho ia Papahanaumoku, folk song Traditional. No luna e ka halekai no ka ma'alewa, folk song Traditional. Pohaku Kahiko, hymn tune: "Zadoc" Traditional. Pua Onaona, song Charles E. Lei Gardenia, song Charles E. Perine, hymn Traditional. Aia la 'o Pele, folk song Traditional. Kawika, folk song Traditional.
Luakini, traditional temple chant Traditional. Kailua, hymn tune: "Uxbridge" Traditional. Ku'u Leilehua Charles E. Nani Wale Lihu'e, song Prince Leleiohoku. Lutera, hymn after Martin Luther Traditional.
Ka'ahumanu, hymn Traditional. Pua Roselani, song Charles E. Huelani Huelani. Lili'u e, folk song Traditional.