Category:   ETHNIC MUSIC
Composer:   NA
Arranger:   Stephen Hatfield
Publisher:   Boosey & Hawkes
Edition:   48004460
Voicing:   SSAA
Setting:   A Cappella


Jonathan Kopplin
Richfield High School 2012
R&R Chair Ethnic Music

Canadian composer Stephen Hatfield is well known for his multicultural arrangements. Nukapianguaq is an older arrangement that I stumbled upon recently that represents the chants of the Inuit tribes of North America. A fairly lengthy piece (approximately 8 minutes), it incorporates a lot of monody within the texture. Some of the challenges include maintaining intonation through key changes, and sections in which different groups are performing in different meters and tempos simultaneously. These elements create unique musical challenges that aren’t often found in traditional repertoire.