The Charge of Parihaka

by Anthony Ritchie, for SSATBB sextet or 6 part choir a cappella, Opus 63

A setting of a powerful satirical poem by Jessie MacKay, describing events in Parihaka, 1881, when government troops forcibly took over a Maori Pa and sent many of its inhabitants to prison. A direct and strong setting, performable by soloists or by unaccompanied choir.