Composer of the Week

Sunday, 1 March 2015
Douglas Lilburn (1915 - 2001)

In 2015 we celebrate 100 years since pioneering New Zealand composer Douglas Lilburn's birth. Lilburn’s biographer Philip Norman looks at the music from Lilburn’s early composing career, when he was based in Christchurch.

Percy Grainger expedited Lilburn’s composing career by offering prize money for a “typical New Zealand composition”, which Lilburn went on to win. As Philip Norman explains in the programme, this was somewhat surprising for the following reasons:

Lilburn was a third year music student at Canterbury University College at the time the competition was announced. He had never heard a symphony orchestra live, and had composed nothing to suggest he even had any aptitude for composing.
 

Not all audio is available due to copyright restrictions.

Music Details

LILBURN: Drysdale Overture - New Zealand SO/ John Hopkins (Kiwi CD SLD 100)
LILBURN: P1M02 Forest - L795 - New Zealand SO/ James Judd (Naxos 8.557697)
LILBURN: P1M03 Symph No 2, mvt 1 - 2609 - New Zealand SO/ John Hopkins (Continuum CCD 1069)
LILBURN: P1M04 Prelude No 1 of 4 - BJ05 - Georgina Zellan-Smith (pno) (Ode CD MANU 5101)
LILBURN: P1M05 Poco Lento - CK48 - Michael Houstoun (pno) (Rattle RAT D040)
LILBURN: P1M07 Aotearoa - L795 - New Zealand SO/ James Judd (Naxos 8.557697)
LILBURN: P1M08 Festival Overture - Y417 - Orchestra Wellington/ Kenneth Young (Vector Wgtn Orch VWO 001)
LILBURN: P1M09 Diversions - D084 - New Zealand SO/ John Hopkins (Kiwi CD SLD 99)
LILBURN: P1M08 Festival Overture - Y417 - Orchestra Wellington/ Kenneth Young (Vector Wgtn Orch VWO 001)
LILBURN: P1M03 Symph No 2, mvt 1 I399 - New Zealand SO/ James Judd (Naxos 8.555862)
LILBURN: P1M12 Symph No 2, mvt 3 I399 - New Zealand SO/ James Judd (Naxos 8.555862)
LILBURN: P1M13 Song of Islands - V007 - New Zealand SO/ Hamish McKeich (Trust MMT 2059)
LILBURN: P1M14 Allegro for Strings D084 - New Zealand SO/ John Hopkins (Kiwi CD SLD 99)
LILBURN: P1M19 Symph No 1, mvt1 - 2609 - New Zealand SO/ John Hopkins (Continuum CCD 1069)