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Rugby has music

October 23, 2011

Since 9th of September,the Rugby World Cup has been taking place in New Zealand. It is considered one of the most important sports events in the world. However, in Spain, this is not as popular as it is in Britain or in Oceania.

I started to become intereseted in this sport a few years ago, but I always thought the best of the game is before the ball starts moving. I really enjoy the great atmosphere that surrounds a rugby match . It’s like a ceremony when all that’s happening seems to follow the script that someone wrote a lot of years ago. In other words, keeping up tradition is very important in this sport.

But the most outstanding moment on this preliminary is when New Zealand team plays “The Haka”. This is an old maori dance, that warriors played before fighting. Nowadays players use it in order to concentrate before the match, and also to intimidate and to threaten the opponent.

This dance, has been a source of inspiration for other kinds of arts, like painting or photography, and even music. Contemporary music composers have taken notice of it, with works like this one. I’m sure this is one of the strangest melodies I’ve ever heard… and seen.

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  1. October 23, 2011 11:54 pm

    Yes, that’s right, it’s the strangest musical piece I’ve ever heard and seen as well as you. Almost every Sunday I usually go to the Palau of the Music where the Band of Valencia performs suites, symphonies and traditional Spanish music, nevertheless, something like this I don’t know what to say. By the way, those performances are free of charge and some of them are very good. Go to their website

  2. October 24, 2011 12:34 pm

    I knew this ritual had gained considerable popularity, but never imagined that would have had a deep effect, even inspired the world of chamber music. In any case, I admire the enormous effort they made to combine their musical performance with this dance. Definitely, it requieres a maximum concentration level (and to be in good shape!).

  3. October 25, 2011 3:26 pm

    Amazing when Rugby players playing “the Haka”. I would be really afraid of them in case I was there.

  4. October 26, 2011 1:17 pm

    First and only time I saw “The Haka” was in the film “Invictus” . That perfomanced was played by New Zealand rugby team before starting a match. It was really scaring and cool at once, and it´s one of my favourites scenes in the film, although I´m not very found of sports. In fact, I believed that this perfomance was something especially made for enlightening the some scenes in the film (the rugby matches) and in “real life” it didn´t exist. I´ve just found out that they really do that!!
    By the way, Were the musicians New Zealander too?

  5. October 29, 2011 11:28 am

    According to this video, the musicians are pupils of an International Saxophon Course that took place in the town of Montefrio (Granada- Spain). It seems these pupils come from any part of the world, including Spain.

  6. marisa permalink
    November 1, 2011 9:17 pm

    I find the HAKA quite like a warm up, have you notice the number of squats they have to do? It is not just the face, it is their whole body that expresses the “we are going to beat you” feeling, HAHA!

  7. XimoM permalink
    November 2, 2011 11:46 am

    Last Monday I was watching “SABER Y GANAR” in LA 2, and I heard something which made me remember your post. Something really curious about one New Zeland rugby team that maybe you know
    This is the video on where you can see the TV programme, exactly at the minute nº 19.
    And the news about this different and even funny match is here:

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