Distribution and Orchestration

 Cast

ʻUi (baritone) : king of Faʻaoe
Motire (mezzo-soprano) :  ʻUi’s wife
Aro (soprano) :  ʻUi’s and Motire’s daughter
Tahuʻa (bass) : ‘Ui’s priest and counselor
Ata (tenor) : king of Raʻiatea
First Messenger (tenor)
Second Messenger (tenor)
Goddess of Fire (soprano colorature)
A villager (spoken)
Two courtesans (mezzo-soprano)

Main Choir: Soprano, alto 1, alto 2, tenor 1, tenor 2, bass

Additional choir: 5 men (3 tenors, 2 baritones)

 

Final orchestration include:

  • string quintet (2 V, 1 A, 1 Vlc, 1 Db)
  • guitar
  • Tahitian ukulele
  • Harp
  • Vivo (nose flute)
  • French Horn
  • Bassoon
  • Percussion:
    • 3 tōʻere (log drum) 1 pahu tupaʻi rima (membrane drum), 1 ʻīhara (bamboo drum)
    • 1 Marimba
    • Small percussion including coco shells and pebbles
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