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Professor Douglas Gordon Lilburn ONZ FRCM (2 November 1915 - 6 June 2001) was a prolific and influential New Zealand composer. The meaning of the word professor (Latin: [1]) varies. ... Badge of the Order of New Zealand The Order of New Zealand is the highest honour in New Zealands honours system. ... // This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 306th day of the year (307th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1915 (MCMXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday[1] of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... is the 157th day of the year (158th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ...


He was born in Wanganui, New Zealand, in 1915. He attended Waitaki Boys' High School from 1930 to 1933, before moving to Christchurch to study at Canterbury University College (then part of the University of New Zealand) (1934–36). In 1937 he began studying at the Royal College of Music, London. He was tutored in composition by Ralph Vaughan Williams and remained at the College until 1939. The two men remained close: in later years Lilburn was known to send Vaughan Williams gifts of New Zealand honey, knowing that the older man was fond of it. Wanganui   is an urban area and district on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. ... Waitaki Boys High School is a secondary school for boys near Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand, with boarding facilities, founded in 1883. ... This article is about the city in New Zealand. ... In Japan, to (都) is a metropolis; Tokyo is officially designated as a metropolis. ... This page is about the New Zealand university. ... The former University of New Zealand existed as New Zealands only degree awarding university from 1870 to 1961. ... // This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... A statue of Ralph Vaughan Williams in Dorking. ...


Lilburn returned to New Zealand in 1940 and served as guest conductor in Wellington for three months with the NBS String Orchestra. He shifted to Christchurch in 1941 and worked as a freelance composer and teacher until 1947. Between 1946 and 1949 and again in 1951, Lilburn was Composer-in-Residence at the Cambridge Summer Music Schools. For the first Duke of Wellington, see Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. ... Look up and in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Events Rome Emperor Claudius marries his niece Agrippina the younger (approximate date). ...


During these years he was heavily involved in New Zealand arts activity, and became friends with other artists such as Allen Curnow, Denis Glover, Rita Angus, and Alistair Campbell. Thomas Allen Munro Curnow (1911-2001) was a New Zealand poet and journalist. ... Denis Glover (1912-1980) was a New Zealand poet and publisher. ... Rita Angus (12 March 1908 - 27 January 1970) is a New Zealand painter. ... Alistair Campbell is a poet, born on the Cook Islands, but resident for most of his life in New Zealand. ...


In 1947 Douglas Lilburn shifted to Wellington to take up a position at Victoria University as part-time tutor in music. He was appointed full-time Lecturer in 1949 and Senior Lecturer in 1955. In 1963 he was made Associate Professor of Music and was appointed Professor with a personal chair in Music in 1970. In 1966 Lilburn founded the Electronic Music Studio at the university and was its Director until 1979, a year before his retirement. For the first Duke of Wellington, see Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. ... Victoria Universitys Kelburn Campus. ...


Lilburn was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Otago in 1969 and in 1978 was presented with the Citation for Services to New Zealand Music by the Composers' Association of New Zealand. In 1988 he was awarded the Order of New Zealand. The University of Otago (Māori: ) in Dunedin is New Zealands oldest university with over 20,000 students enrolled during 2006. ... Badge of the Order of New Zealand The Order of New Zealand is the highest honour in New Zealands honours system. ...


Prizes and Scholarships included:

  • the Percy Grainger Competition, 1936, for his tone poem Forest
  • the Cobbett Prize, Royal College of Music, 1939 for Phantasy for String Quartet
  • the Foli Scholarship and Hubert Parry Prize, Royal College of Music, 1939
  • three out of four of the prizes in the New Zealand National Centennial Music Celebrations Competitions, 1940
  • the Philip Neill Memorial Prize 1944.

Douglas Lilburn was founder of Waiteata Press Music Editions in 1967 and founder of the Lilburn Trust of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, 1984. His writings include A Search for Tradition, a talk given at the first Cambridge Summer School of Music in January 1946 (Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington 1984) and A Search for Language, a University of Otago Open Lecture, March 1969 (Alexander Turnbull Library, 1985). The National Library of New Zealand (Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa) is New Zealands legal deposit library and a public service department, charged with the obligation to enrich the cultural and economic life of New Zealand and its interchanges with other nations (National Library of New Zealand Act 2003). ...


Douglas Lilburn, described as "the elder statesman of New Zealand music" and the "grandfather of New Zealand music," died peacefully at his home in Wellington on 6 June 2001. is the 157th day of the year (158th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ...


Lilburn's former house, at 22 Ascot St, was purchased by the Lilburn Residence Trust, a charitable trust based in Wellington, on 5 August 2005. The Trust is currently offering use of the residence to the New Zealand School of Music/Creative New Zealand Composer-in-Residence. For the first Duke of Wellington, see Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. ... is the 217th day of the year (218th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Works

  • Drysdale Overture (1937)
  • Aotearoa, overture for orchestra (1940)
  • Festival Overture (1940)
  • Landfall in Unknown Seas for narrator and orchestra
  • A Song of Islands for orchestra (1946)
  • First Symphony (1949)
  • Second Symphony (1951)
  • Suite for Orchestra (1955)
  • A Birthday Offering for orchestra (1955)
  • Sings Harry, song cycle for baritone
  • Third Symphony (1961)
  • Nine Short Pieces for Piano (1966)
  • Three Sea Changes (1981)

External links

  • Comprehensive timeline, images, audio and other reference material on Douglas Lilburn.
  • Lilburn's biography and selected list of works at SOUNZ, The Centre for New Zealand Music
  • The Douglas Lilburn Project - a major radio series produced in New Zealand
  • The Lilburn Residence Trust
Persondata
NAME Lilburn, Douglas Gordon
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION Musical composer
DATE OF BIRTH November 2, 1915
PLACE OF BIRTH Wanganui, New Zealand
DATE OF DEATH June 6, 2001
PLACE OF DEATH Wellington, New Zealand
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Douglas Lilburn was born in Wanganui, New Zealand, in 1915.
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Hence, in 1937, Lilburn became a student of Vaughan Williams and, at the RCM in 1939, won the Cobbett and Ernest Farrar prizes and the Foli scholarship.
Lilburn was vigilant about issues affecting artistic and intellectual life, leading a successful campaign against a misguided Copyright Act in 1958, and making a number of typically articulate and intelligent interventions in plans to restructure New Zealand's national library in the late 1990s.
Lilburn faced death with resignation, perhaps even satisfaction, although he wanted to get back from hospital to the modest house where he lived on his own, a surprising haven surrounded by trees and bush, minutes from downtown Wellington.
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