Vikings of the Sunrise - Fantasy on the Polynesian Star Path Navigators

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1 The Void 02:24 $1.49 Buy
2 The Great Ocean of Kiwa 03:01 $1.49 Buy
3 Ocean Drum 03:01 $1.49 Buy
4 Sun Catcher 04:20 $1.49 Buy
5 Star Path 03:24 $1.49 Buy
6 We, the Navigators 01:01 $1.49 Buy
7 Maui, Tu and Hiro play the Ocean Drum 02:56 $1.49 Buy
8 Tangila Takes Ten to Tango 03:28 $1.49 Buy
9 Land of Light 03:22 $1.49 Buy
10 Kiukiu, Departing Place of Spirits 02:26 $1.49 Buy
11 Lament for Rapa Nui 02:18 $1.49 Buy
12 The Star Paths Fade 03:03 $1.49 Buy
13 The Caravels of Christ 02:54 $1.49 Buy
14 Fempo's Theme 02:33 $1.49 Buy
15 El Paso, A.D. 1520 01:32 $1.49 Buy
16 Mar Pacifico 05:06 $1.49 Buy
17 Transit of Venus, Matavai, A.D. 1769 04:39 $1.49 Buy
18 The Last Viking, A.D. 1947 01:27 $1.49 Buy
19 Dirge for the Lost Heroes 00:40 $1.49 Buy
20 Hawaiki/Valhalla 03:04 $1.49 Buy

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Vikings of the Sunrise is a composition for bowed piano on themes of navigation, exploration and discovery in the Pacific from ancient times until the present era. The term "vikings of the sunrise" was coined by the noted Maori/Irish ethnologist Peter Buck (Te Rangi Hiroa) to denote the intrepid seafaring peoples who first settled the islands of the "Great Ocean of Kiwa." They set out, probably from Indonesia, as early as 1500 B.C. or before; paddling and sailing from the West, ever toward the sunrise, they populated island after island throughout the central and south Pacific, sometimes traversing vast expanses of open sea, eventually reaching as far east as Easter Island and perhaps South America; to the north they discovered and colonized Hawai'i, and to the south New Zealand. They were the first Polynesians, and probably the first long-distance ocean navigators.

"Vikings of the Sunset" refers to the European explorers of the Pacific, beginning with Ferdinand Magellan, who first rounded South America from the Atlantic, sailing ever toward the setting sun to discover new trade routes and new lands to colonize (and Christianize as well), and to help complete the map of the world by proving finally that the earth was a sphere and could be sailed around. There are also references to the great explorer Captain James Cook and the latter-day anthropologist, adventurer and iconoclast Thor Heyerdahl.

While the themes outlined above provided the general inspiration for "Vikings of the Sunrise," the music should not be thought of as depicting a specific program or story. Rather it consists of sound patterns aroused in my own imagination by ancient and heroic sagas told of men and women who traveled the "Great Ocean of Kiwa."

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