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Featured CDs

Amazon jacket Violin and piano works, by Douglas Lilburn. Perfomed by : Elizabeth Holowell, violin ; Dean Sky-Lucas, piano ; Cameron Rhodes, actor.
Works : Salutes to seven poets (1952) -- Sonata for violin and piano (1950) -- Othello for violin and piano (1944) : incidental music for a production by Ngaio Marsh -- Sonata in E-flat for violin and piano (1943).

Amazon jacket Symphonies nos. 2 and 3, by Ross Harris. Perfomed by : Madeleine Pierard, mezzo-soprano ; Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra ; Marko Letonja, conductor.
"Described as often beautiful and sometimes frightening (NZ Listener), Ross Harris' Symphony No. 2 is a setting of poems on the subject of New Zealand soldiers shot for desertion in World War One. Writer Vincent OSullivans deeply felt descriptions of violence, love and tragedy are reflected in a moving and dramatic score. Symphony No. 3 is inspired by the paintings of Marc Chagall, and develops and transforms klezmer-like tunes as its basic material. These symphonies were composed for the Auckland Philharmonia, and both won the SOUNZ Contemporary Award." (Amazon description)

Amazon jacket Toru : chamber music, by Martin Lodge.
Works include : Epitaph for Douglas Lilburn : solo cello -- Summer music : for piano trio -- Toru : for clarinet, cello and taonga pūoro -- Aequora tuta silent : for saxophone, viola and electronic effects -- Pacific rock : for solo viola -- Pan dreaming : for solo flute -- Nightwind : for two cellos -- Voices within : for harpsichord and recorded sound -- Farewell for David Farquhar : for two cellos -- Hay : for cello and taonga pūoro.


Syndetics book coverJust like us : aspects of New Zealand music, by Robert Hoskins ... [et al.]. Covers a range of New Zealand music for senior high school students, undergraduates, and interested lay people. Musical works discuss range widely - Arohaina Mai, by Tuini Ngāwai, to Envy of Angels, by The Mutton Birds, to Meeting of the Waters, by Mike Nock to Drysdale Overture, by Douglas Lilburn ; From the Depths Sound the Great Sea Gongs, by Gareth Farr and electroacoustic works such as Soundscape with Lake and River, by Douglas Lilburn. There is an accompanying CD featuring ten of the pieces discussed.

Syndetics book coverPiano forte : stories and soundscapes from colonial New Zealand / Kirstine Moffat.
"Piano forte ... draws on memoirs, diaries, letters, concert programmes, company records, fiction and visual images. The stories end in 1930 when the increasing popularity of the phonograph, the radio and the introduction of the talkie movies were beginning to have a profound impact on people's leisure activities"-- P. [4] of cover.

Douglas Lilburn : his life and music, by Philip Norman. (2006). (CUP)
Finalist - Biography Section, Montana NZ Book Awards 2007.
This is a salute to ‘the father of New Zealand composition’. John Button, writing in The Dominion post, describes this as '...an important, entertaining and informative book. while Jack Body, (NZ Listener) pens that 'Philip Norman's new biography is an essential read for anyone interested in New Zealand's cultural development.'

The Oxford history of New Zealand music, John Mansfield Thomson. (2001). (OUP)

Biographical dictionary of New Zealand composers, compiled by John Mansfield Thomson. (1990).

Southern voices : international opera singers of New Zealand, by Adrienne Simpson and Peter Downes. (1992).
Profiles 19 great NZ singers, both current and yesteryear such as Inia Te Wiata, Oscar Natzka, Donald MacIntyre, Rodney McCann, Malvina Major and Kiri Te Kanawa.

Talking music : conversation with New Zealand musicians, interviewed by Sarah Shieff.
Tells the stories of some of New Zealand's most gifted composers and performers through informal interviews. Read about Dorothea Franchi, Frank Gurr, Edwin Carr, Donald McIntyre, Jenny McLeod, Malvin Major, Jack Body, Diedre Ions, William Dart, Hirini Melbourne, Wilma Smith, Peter Scholes, Helen Medlyn and Gareth Farr. There is an accompanying CD.

Musical images : a New Zealand historical journey 1840-1990, by John Mansfield Thomson. (1990).

Bravo! : the NZSO at 50, by Joy Tonks. (1996).

For the record : a history of the recording industry in New Zealand, by Bryan Staff and Sheran Ashley. (2002).


New Zealand composers on CD

(This is just a small sample of what we hold!)


Atoll CD jacket. Used with kind permission Notes from a journey, performed by New Zealand String Quartet (Helene Pohl, Douglas Beilman, violins ; Gillian Ansell, viola ; Rolf Gjelsten, cello).
Contents include : Abisheka / John Psathas (10:00) -- Variation 25 / Ross Harris (10:40) -- Three transcriptions / Jack Body (10:30) -- Exitus / Michael Norris (20:50) -- He Poroporoaki, a farewell / Gareth Farr, Richard Nunns (6:00).

Winner Best Classical Album at Vodafone NZ Music Awards 2011.

Morrison Music Trust CD jacket. Used with kind permission The complete piano music volume 1, by Douglas Lilburn, Performed by Dan Poynton.
In conjunction with Massey University.
Recorded in the Ilott Theatre, Wellington Town Hall, Wellington, New Zealand, 6-8 December 2003.

Volume 2, is also now available also performed by Dan Poynton.

Amazon cd jacket No. 1 in B flat major : Maori -- No. 2 in G minor : A Maori legend in four scenes -- No. 3 in A minor : The carnival, by Alfred Hill.
Dominion String Quartet (Yury Gezentsvey, David Pucher, violins ; Donald Maurice, viola ; David Chickering, violoncello)
Alfred Hill (1869-1960) was born in Melbourne, Australia but the family moved to New Zealand when he was very young. As an adult he lived in both Australia and NZ so is another example of someone who can arguably be claimed by both countries. The same Maori melody in Hinemoa has also found its way into the finale of String Quartet no. 1, while String Quartet no 2 is subtitled "A Maori legend in four scenes".
The Dominion Quartet was formed in 2006 specifically to record string quartets by NZ composers.

Elusive dreams, performed by Michael Houston. Piano music by New Zealand composers.
Recorded live at the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts, Wellington, 12 March 1996 by Concert FM, Radio New Zealand.
Contents: Waiting for the aeroplane / John Psathas -- Ancient journeys. Two score and two ; The cathedral at Otanenui ; Ritornello / Christopher Blake -- Elusive dream / Kenneth Young -- Sonata (1956) / Douglas Lilburn -- Sarajevo. Remembering -- imperfectly ; Totentanz ; Lachrymae / Jack Body -- Sepuluh jari / Gareth Farr.

Piano music, by Douglas Lilburn, performed by Margaret Nielsen.
Items, 1-4, 6-9 recorded in the Adam Concert Room, School of Music, Victoria University of Wellington, May 1995. Item 5 (Sonata (1956)) was recorded in Studio One, Broadcasting House, Wellington.
Contents: Three sea changes (8:25) -- Sonatina no. 2 (7:40) --Prelude 1951 (2:52) -- From the Port Hills (3:50) --Sonata 1956 (18:25) -- Nine short pieces (12:08) --Adagio sostenuto (2:45) -- Two preludes 1951 (3:18) -- Sonata (1949) (17:10).

NZ Sonic Art III. A compilation of electroacoustic works by New Zealand composers.
The first work incorporates traditional Maori instruments
Contents: Te hau kuri = Dog's breath / Hirini Melbourne, Richard Nunns (4:44) -- Soft dawn over whispering island / John Elmsly (10:32) -- Contrasts / Kit Powell (6:40) -- Zitherum voice / Phil Dadson (8:00) -- Kasumi / Ian Whalley (7:46) -- The void / Norman Skipp (6:03) -- Aeolian harp sounds / Chris Cree Brown (7:10) -- Rake / Chris Knox (2:56) -- Subconscious / William Harsono (7:11) -- Aquarelle / Michael Norris (10:24).

Viola Aotearoa, performed by Timothy Deighton, Paul Whelan, baritone (Lilburn) ; Martin Riseley, violin (3rd work) ; Dan C. Armstrong, percussion (4th work) ; Penn's Wood Festival Orchestra ; Grant Cooper, conductor (last work).
Contains: Pacific rock : for solo viola / Martin Lodge -- Three songs for baritone and viola / Douglas Lilburn -- Duo capriccio for violin and viola / Martin Riseley -- Recitative II : for viola and percussion / Leonie Holmes -- Sonata for solo viola / Anthony Watson -- Viola concerto / Anthony Ritchie.

You hit him he cry out, performed by Dan Poynton.
Contains: Waiting for the aeroplane / John Psarthas -- Five melodies / Jack Body -- Sisters dance / Philip Dadson -- Lullaby for Matthew / Gillian Whitehead -- Sonatina #2 / Douglas Lilburn -- Nga iwi e / Dan Poynton -- Red mesa / Annea Lockwood.


Amazon cd jacket Orchestral music, by Douglas Lilburn, Performed by NZSO, conducted by William Southgate.
Contains - Festival overture (8:26) -- A song of islands (16:15) -- Suite for orchestra (16:00) -- A birthday offering (12:15) -- Drysdale overture (9:37).

Morrison Music Trust cd jacket Landscapes : New Zealand orchestral music, Performed by NZSO, conducted by Kenneth Young.
Contains include - Drysdale overture, by Douglas Lilburn; Dancing on a volcano, by Lyell Cresswell; and Stealing Tutunui, by Maria Grenfell.

Morrison Music Trust cd jacket Three symphonies, by David Farquhar, Performed by NZSO, conducted by Kenneth Young.
Recorded in the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand, 28-30 January 2004
At the time that the first, written in 1959, was conducted at its premiere in 1960 in the Wellington Town Hall by John Hopkins, it was the first New Zealand symphony to have had its premiere at a public concert.

Amazon cd jacket The three symphonies, by Douglas Lilburn, Performed by NZSO, conducted by James Judd.

The Southgate Archive : live performances conducted by Sir William Southgate, performed by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.
Selection of music from four Lamb & Hayward Masterworks Concerts between 2001 and 2003, performed by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir William Southgate.

New Zealand music, performed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
Contains - Symphony no. 3, by Edwin Carr; Symphony - the feeling of sound, by John Rimmer; Breath of hope: River of purity ; Lake of changes ; River of turbulence ; River of meditation ; River of supreme power and grace, all by Ivan Zagni.

New Zealand composers, performed by the NZSO.
Contains key NZ composers - Aotearoa overture / Douglas Lilburn -- Prelude and allegro for strings / Anthony Watson -- The hanging bulb / Anthony Ritchie -- Till human voices wake us / Christopher Blake -- Resurgences / Gillian Whitehead -- Little Symphony / Jenny McLeod -- A Short Suite, from Ring around the Moon / David Farquhar -- Harbour Nocturne / Larry Pruden -- The Snow Maiden / Edwin Carr.

Details of tracks and other recordings can be found at the Kiwi Pacific Records.

Vocal music:

Morrison Music Trust cd jacket "Winds that whisper", New Zealand Choral Music from the 20th Century, performed by the National Youth Choir, conductor Karen Grylls.
Contains works by Sam Piper, John Ritchie, David Griffiths, Douglas Mews, Te Wehi Whanau, David Hamilton and Jenny McLeod.

Burning bright; four New Zealand women composers, performed by Margaret Medlyn, with Bruce Greenfield at the piano.
Contains works by Jenny McLeod, Dorothea Franchi, Dorothy Freed and Maria Grenfell.

New Zealand choral music, volume one, various performers.

New Zealand performers on CD

This selection features NZ performers playing non-NZ works.


Amazon cd jacket The Norman and Beard organ of Wellington Town Hall, New Zealand, played by Douglas Mews.
Incldues works : In a Chinese temple-garden / Albert Ketelbey -- Pastorale ; Invocazione / Enrico Bossi -- Suite in G minor HWV 432 : overture, andante, allegro, sarabande, gigue, passacaille -- Andante K. 616 ; Gigue K.574 / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart -- Two chorale preludes from op. 122: O Gott, du frommer Gott (O God, thou faithful God), Schmucke dich, o liebe Seele (Deck thyself, my soul) -- Overture-fantasy 'Romeo and Juliet' / P.I. Tchaikovsky..

Morrison Music Trust cd jacket Harpsichord : fantastic musick for the Italian harpsichord, performed by Anthony Jennings.

Legends of fire: contemporary guitar music of passion, mystery and romance, played by Matthew Marshall.

Singers and Choirs:

Amazon cd jacket Father and son [sound recording] : scenes and arias / Wagner., performed by Simon O'Neill, tenor ; Susan Bullock (Sieglinde) ; Sir John Tomlinson (Hagen) ; Thomas Grace (Gunther) ; NBR New Zealand Opera ; Chapman Tripp Chorus (tracks 7-10) ; New Zealand Symphony Orchestra ; Pietari Inkinen, conductor.
Works include : Lohengrin. Act 3: In fernem Land -- Die Walkre. Act 1: Ein Schwert Verhie mir der Vater ; Winterstrme wichen dem Wonnemond ; Siegmund hei ich und Siegmund bin ich! -- Das ist kein Mann! -- Gotterdamerung: Prologue: Siegfried's Rhine journey : Act 3: Mime hei ein mrrischer Zwerg ; In Leid zu dem Wipfel ; Ernst du auch dieser Raben Geraun'? ; Brnnhilde! Heilige Braut! ; Trauermusik / Funeral march -- Parsifal. Act 2: Amfortas! Die Wunde!

Southern landscapes : choral music from New Zealand's South Island., performed by The Jubilate Singers ; Alison Holden, pianoforte ; Carolyn Irons, clarinet ; Jeremy Woodside, organ ; director, Grant Hutchinson.
We bid you welcome / music, John Ritchie ; words, Ruby Roberts -- Lord, when the sense of thy sweet grace / music, John Ritchie ; words, Richard Crashaw -- Three meditations (I. Set me as a seal, II. A blessing, III. Deep peace) / music, Richard Madden -- Triptych : mountains and rivers / music, Anthony Ritchie ; words, Denis Glover -- Shipwreck / music, Philip Norman ; words, Anon. -- Timeless land ; Elegy for a fallen city / music and words, Patrick Shepherd -- Aroha / music, Chris Archer ; words, Karin O'Donnell -- The small hours / music, Jeremy Woodside ; words, Mary Ursula Bethell -- Three New Zealand folk song settings (I. Drinking rum and raspberry, II. My man's gone, III. The day the pub burned down) / music, Richard Oswin ; words (I & II), Anon., (III), Bob Edwards.

Morrison Music Trust cd jacket Gaude / Rejoice, performed by the Tower New Zealand Youth Choir, conductor Karen Grylls.
Contains works by Rautavaara, David Childs, Elgar, and Wehi Whanau.

New Zealand at Covent Garden.
Who's Who of NZ classical music including Gillian Weir, Richard Greager, Rodney McCann, Malvina Major, Conal Coad, Kiri Te Kanawa and others.

Keith Lewis, tenor, in Opera kings, gods and mortals. . Handel, Gluck and Mozart arias, with the New Zealand Chamber Orchestra, conductor Kenneth Young.

Malvina Major, soprano, in Dame Malvina in concert.
Performed with Philharmonia Orchestra ; Brian Law, conductor ; with Carmel Carroll, mezzo soprano ; Braham Brook, tenor ; Roger Creagh, baritone ; Joy Crabtree, piano ; Auckland Opera Chorus.

Oscar Natzka, bass, in Oscar Natzka.
Arranged as closely as possible in chronological order of recording date.

Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano, in The young Kiri : the early recordings 1964-70.
A wide range of works on this 2 CD set including : One fine day -- Laughing song -- Nun's chorus -- Ave Maria -- The Lord's prayer -- I feel pretty -- One hand, one heart -- Habanera -- My favourite things -- Climb ev'ry mountain -- Malaguena -- Summertime -- Havah Nagilah

p>Inia Te Wiata, bass, in Inia Te Wiata, basso profundo.
Opera arias from Purcell to Wagner.

Catalogue Quicksearches:

Scores by New Zealand composers

NZ scores are not found in the one classification. Each is shelved with other scores of the same genre type e.g. piano is at 781.4 under the composer name.

Chamber music:

Gareth Farr's String quartet "Owhiro".
This was composed for the New Zealand String Quartet during his 1993 Chamber Music New Zealand residency.

Gareth Farr's Little sea gongs : percussion quartet.

David Farquhar's String quartet no. 2.

David Hamilton's Rice queen : for saxophone quartet, (2002)

Dylan Lardelli's Four fragments : chamber ensemble
"An abstraction of ideas and inspirations drawn from four classical Chinese paintings." (Cover verso)


Jack Body

Five melodies. for piano.
Composed for Margaret Nielsen in 1982 who played the work during a visit to Europe.

African strings : two guitars by Jack Body.

Pulse by Jack Body.
Pulse was commissioned by the Auckland Philharmonia and was first performed by that orchestra in the Aotea Centre in April 1995. The library also has the CD.

Lyell Cresswell

Variations on a theme by Charles Ives, for flute and cello.

Of whirlwind underground (chamber ensemble)

David Farquhar

Anniversary duets, for piano.

Ross Harris

Contours, for horn and piano.

Duo : violin and cello by Ross Harris.

Douglas Lilburn

Sonata 1956, for piano.
Lilburn writes "... I hope listeners may accept a rather grim first movement, along with the wayward wave-spun rhythms of the second, my coastal substitute for Viennese waltz-time, and then relax into some resolutions offered by the final movement." Read more about the life of New Zealand's foremost composer.

Sonata in A minor

Sonatinas, for piano.
Douglas Lilburn composed the first sonatina in 1946, and the second in 1962.

A Christmas offering, 1944 : piano.

Five bagatelles : piano

Introduction and allegro : string orchestra.

Musical offerings : piano, Douglas Lilburn.
Three sets of piano music for Christmas 1941, 1942, and 1943. Includes facsim. of original ms. t.p.

Martin Lodge

Pacific rock (for solo viola by Martin Lodge.

Jenny McLeod

Tone clock pieces XII-XVII by Jenny McLeod.

Anthony Ritchie

A folk lament, for organ solo.


Edwin Carr

Symphony no 1.

David Farquhar

Ring around the moon ballet suite. For small orchestra.

Symphony no. 3, David Farquhar. (2004)
"Symphony no. 3 Remembered songs... is based on material from my song-cycle In despite of death." (Inside front cover)

David Hamilton

The ripe breath of Autumn. For solo horn and small orchestra.
"The title which has no programmatic significance comes from a line in a poem by the America Walt Whitman. It sits rather uneasily in my total output having few stylistic similarities to other works I have written. it is a dark brooding work, and might best be described as a rhapsody." The composer.

Douglas Lilburn

Symphony no 1.
Symphony no 1 received its first performance by the National Orchestra under Michael Bowles in 1951.

Symphony no 3.
Symphony no 3 was first performed at the Wellington Town Hall by the NZBC Orchestra, conducted by John Hopkins on July 31st, 1962.

Larry Pruden

Harbour nocturne, for small orchestra.

John Psathas

View from Olympus : double concerto for percussion, piano & orchestra, John Psathas.

John Rimmer

Viola concerto.
The work was commissioned by the NZSO and received its first performance on 1982 with soloist Vyvyan Yendoll.

William Southgate

Symphony no 2.
Although listeners may be more familiar with Sir William wielding a baton, this symphony was composed as part of a cultural exchange with Finland in 1986. "The shape of the Symphony was easily arrived at : three movements (home, away return)". The composer.


Alleluia Aotearoa.
Contemporary hymns, carols and choruses.

Sings Harry : baritone and piano, Douglas Lilburn.
"Based on the score published by Otago University Press in 1966." (Inside front cover)

Footrot flats - a stage musical, music by Philip Norman, based on the book by Roger Hall, with lyrics by A.K. Grant. Original characters created by Murray Ball.

Kowhai - an album of songs by New Zealand women composers, published by the New Zealand Music Centre.
Contains songs by Dorothy Freed, Dorothy Buchanan, Helen Bowater, Jenny McLeod, Dorothea Franchi, Maria Grenfell, Judith Exley and others.

Missa Brevis, by Gillian Whitehead. (1996, music editions no. 6).

New journeys songbook, published by the Joint Board of Christian Education.

New Zealand Praise, published by the New Zealand Christian Resource Trust.

Songs to the judges, music by William Dart, by Mervyn Thompson.
Play for 2 women and 3 men, first produced at Maidment Summer Theatre, Auckland in 1980.

Through the World, by Jenny McLeod. For mezzo-soprano and piano.
Through the World is a song cycle of 15 poems by William Blake. It received its first public performance in 1992 by Margaret Medlyn and Bruce Greenfield.

New Zealand Film Music

Amazon cd jacket The lord of the rings : the return of the king : original motion picture soundtrack, with music composed by Howard Shore.
The final chapter of Peter Jackson's film version of Tolkien's "Ring" trilogy. Howard Shore composes the music for all three films. Other soundtracks in the series are The lord of the rings : the fellowship of the ring, and The lord of the rings : the two towers.

Amazon cd jacket An angel at my table, with music composed by Don McGlashan.

Amazon cd jacket Piano soundtrack, with music composed by Michael Nyman.

The birth of a nation, composed by Joseph Carl Breil; performed by New Zealand Symphony Orchestra ; Clyde Allen, conductor. (Silent film music).

The quiet earth ; Iris original motion picture & TV soundtracks, composed by John Charles.
The Quiet earth: a motion picture directed by New Zealander Geoff Murphy.
Iris: a television feature about the life of New Zealand writer Iris Wilkinson who wrote under the name Robin Hyde.

Utu: original soundtrack,
composed by John Charles and performed by New Zealand Symphony Orchestra ; William Southgate, conductor.

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