Douglas Lilburn

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Douglas Gordan Lilburn
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Douglas Lilburn (1915-2001) has been described as the "grandfather of New Zealand music," having worked in both conventional classical styles as well as pioneering electro-acoustic music in New Zealand. He was born in Wanganui, New Zealand, in 1915, and began studying music in 1937 at the Royal College of Music, London, where he was tutored in composition by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Returning to New Zealand in 1940, he was guest conductor in Wellington for three months with the NBS String Orchestra before moving to Christchurch in 1941, where he 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.

In 1947, Lilburn returned 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; becoming Associate Professor of Music in 1963, and Professor with a personal chair in Music in 1970. In 1966, Lilburn founded the Victoria University of Wellington Electronic Music Studio and was its director until 1979, a year before his retirement. Having written a considerable body of music for conventional acoustic instruments, he rejected the medium and used the studio for the creation of wholly electronic works. He was arguably the first New Zealand composer to explore the kinds of electronic and electro-acoustic forms being pioneered in Europe’s avant-garde, and felt they would more accurately portray New Zealand in its own right, without reference to culturally-loaded European musical instruments and forms. Some works were purely electronic; others were inspired by natural sounds, making field recordings of beaches, lakes, rivers and natural bush and manipulating them electronically to produce a music that captured the natural spectrum of Aotearoa’s soundscape. Other works interpreted the words of leading New Zealand writers such as Allen Curnow, Denis Glover and Alistair Campbell.

Douglas Lilburn died peacefully at his home in Wellington on 6 June 2001.
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LD-2 Landfall In Unknown Seas / Cindy / Dances Of Brittany / Turkey In The Straw — Douglas Lilburn The Alex Lindsay String Orchestra , Poem By Allen Curnow Music By Douglas Lilburn / Ashley Heenan / Larry Pruden / John Ritchie (2) The Alex Lindsay String Orchestra , Poem By Allen Curnow Music By Douglas Lilburn / Ashley Heenan / Larry Pruden / John Ritchie (2) - Landfall In Unknown Seas / Cindy / Dances Of Brittany / Turkey In The Straw Kiwi LD-2 New Zealand 1966 Sell This Version
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SLD-13, SLD.13 The Return And The Elegy (Poems By Alistair Campbell, Sound Image And Music By Douglas Lilburn) — Douglas Lilburn Douglas Lilburn, Alistair Campbell Douglas Lilburn, Alistair Campbell - The Return And The Elegy (Poems By Alistair Campbell, Sound Image And Music By Douglas Lilburn) (Album) Kiwi, Kiwi SLD-13, SLD.13 New Zealand 1967 Sell This Version
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ORYX 1900 Aotearoa Overture / Third Symphony / Symphony — Douglas Lilburn Lilburn* / Farquhar* - NZBC Symphony Orchestra* Lilburn* / Farquhar* - NZBC Symphony Orchestra* - Aotearoa Overture / Third Symphony / Symphony (Album) Kiwi ORYX 1900 UK 1969 Sell This Version
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SLD-48 Symphony No. 2 / Evocation / Prelude And Allegro For Strings / At The Appointed Time — Douglas Lilburn Lilburn* / Farquhar* / Watson* / Rimmer* - New Zealand Symphony Orchestra* Lilburn* / Farquhar* / Watson* / Rimmer* - New Zealand Symphony Orchestra* - Symphony No. 2 / Evocation / Prelude And Allegro For Strings / At The Appointed Time Kiwi SLD-48 New Zealand 1976 Sell This Version
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SLD‒47, SLD 47 Sings Harry — Douglas Lilburn Robert Oliver (2), Milton Parker, Lilburn* Robert Oliver (2), Milton Parker, Lilburn* - Sings Harry Kiwi, Kiwi SLD‒47, SLD 47 New Zealand 1977 Sell This Version
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SLD-59, SLD 59 Soundscape (Electronic Works By Douglas Lilburn) — Douglas Lilburn Douglas Lilburn Soundscape (Electronic Works By Douglas Lilburn)(LP) Kiwi, Kiwi SLD-59, SLD 59 New Zealand 1980 Sell This Version
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SLD 57, SLD 58, SLD-57/58 Instrumental Music 1945-1957 — Douglas Lilburn Douglas Lilburn Instrumental Music 1945-1957(2xLP, Gat) Kiwi, Kiwi, Kiwi SLD 57, SLD 58, SLD-57/58 New Zealand 1981 Sell This Version
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SLD-67 Canzona - Music For Strings And Voices — Douglas Lilburn Douglas Lilburn, Schola Musica* Directed By Ashley Heenan, Patricia Lawley And Anthea Moller , Narrated By Peter Vere-Jones Douglas Lilburn, Schola Musica* Directed By Ashley Heenan, Patricia Lawley And Anthea Moller , Narrated By Peter Vere-Jones - Canzona - Music For Strings And Voices(LP) Kiwi SLD-67 New Zealand 1981 Sell This Version
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SLD-48 Symphony No. 2 / Aotearoa Overture / Diversions For String Orchestra — Douglas Lilburn Douglas Lilburn Symphony No. 2 / Aotearoa Overture / Diversions For String Orchestra (Album) Jerusalem Records SLD-48 New Zealand 1976 Sell This Version
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SLD-72, SLD 72 New Zealand Brass Quintet — Douglas Lilburn New Zealand Brass Quintet, Douglas Lilburn, John Ritchie (2), Kenneth Young (4) New Zealand Brass Quintet, Douglas Lilburn, John Ritchie (2), Kenneth Young (4) - New Zealand Brass Quintet(LP) Kiwi, Kiwi SLD-72, SLD 72 New Zealand 1983 Sell This Version
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SLD-75 Symphony No. 1 / Festival Overture / Suite For Orchestra — Douglas Lilburn Lilburn*, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra* Conducted By John Hopkins (11) Lilburn*, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra* Conducted By John Hopkins (11) - Symphony No. 1 / Festival Overture / Suite For Orchestra (Album) Kiwi SLD-75 New Zealand 1986 Sell This Version
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SLD-79 A Song Of Islands — Douglas Lilburn Douglas Lilburn A Song Of Islands(LP) Kiwi SLD-79 New Zealand 1986 Sell This Version
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SLD-86 Drysdale Overture / A Birthday Offering / Prodigal Country — Douglas Lilburn Lilburn*, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra*, David Griffiths (7), Orpheus Choir Of Wellington, Sir Charles Groves, John Hopkins (11) Lilburn*, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra*, David Griffiths (7), Orpheus Choir Of Wellington, Sir Charles Groves, John Hopkins (11) - Drysdale Overture / A Birthday Offering / Prodigal Country(LP) Kiwi SLD-86 New Zealand 1987 Sell This Version
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CD SLD-90 The Three Symphonies — Douglas Lilburn Douglas LilburnNew Zealand Symphony Orchestra* / John Hopkins (11), Ashley Heenan Douglas LilburnNew Zealand Symphony Orchestra* / John Hopkins (11), Ashley Heenan - The Three Symphonies(CD) Kiwi/Pacific Records Ltd. CD SLD-90 New Zealand 1993 Sell This Version
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CCD 1069, 1069 The Three Symphonies — Douglas Lilburn Douglas LilburnNew Zealand Symphony Orchestra* / John Hopkins (11) Douglas LilburnNew Zealand Symphony Orchestra* / John Hopkins (11) - The Three Symphonies(CD) Continuum, Continuum CCD 1069, 1069 New Zealand 1994 Sell This Version
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3-7260-2HI Landfall In Unknown Seas/Diversions For String Orchestra — Douglas Lilburn Douglas Lilburn, New Zealand Chamber Orchestra, Sir Edmund Hillary Douglas Lilburn, New Zealand Chamber Orchestra, Sir Edmund Hillary - Landfall In Unknown Seas/Diversions For String Orchestra(CD, Album) Koch International Classics 3-7260-2HI US 1995 Sell This Version
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SLD-100 A Song of Islands — Douglas Lilburn Douglas Lilburn, The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, John Hopkins (11), Sir Charles Groves Douglas Lilburn, The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, John Hopkins (11), Sir Charles Groves - A Song of Islands(CD) Kiwi/Pacific Records Ltd. SLD-100 New Zealand 1995 Sell This Version
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CD MANU 1511 Piano Music Played By Margaret Nielsen — Douglas Lilburn Douglas Lilburn, Margaret Nielsen Douglas Lilburn, Margaret Nielsen - Piano Music Played By Margaret Nielsen(CD) Manu (2) CD MANU 1511 New Zealand 1995 Sell This Version
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CCD 1076 Douglas Lilburn - Orchestral Music — Douglas Lilburn Douglas Lilburn, The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, William Southgate Douglas Lilburn, The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, William Southgate - Douglas Lilburn - Orchestral Music(CD, Album) Continuum CCD 1076 New Zealand 1996 Sell This Version
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CD SLD-99 Orchestral And String Music — Douglas Lilburn Douglas LilburnNew Zealand Symphony Orchestra* / John Hopkins (11), Grant Cooper, Ithaca College Festival Orchestra Douglas LilburnNew Zealand Symphony Orchestra* / John Hopkins (11), Grant Cooper, Ithaca College Festival Orchestra - Orchestral And String Music(CD) Kiwi/Pacific Records Ltd. CD SLD-99 New Zealand 1997 Sell This Version
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MMT 2023 Elegy Songs By Bridge, Lilburn, Ireland, Orr, Finzi — Douglas Lilburn Paul Whelan (2), David Harper (8), Frank Bridge, Douglas Lilburn, John Ireland, Gerald Finzi, C. W. Orr Paul Whelan (2), David Harper (8), Frank Bridge, Douglas Lilburn, John Ireland, Gerald Finzi, C. W. Orr - Elegy Songs By Bridge, Lilburn, Ireland, Orr, Finzi(CD) Morrison & Co Trust MMT 2023 New Zealand 1999 Sell This Version
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8.555862 The Three Symphonies — Douglas Lilburn Douglas LilburnNew Zealand Symphony Orchestra* / James Judd Douglas LilburnNew Zealand Symphony Orchestra* / James Judd - The Three Symphonies Naxos 8.555862 US 2002 Sell This Version
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ACD 404 Complete Electro-Acoustic Works — Douglas Lilburn Douglas Lilburn Complete Electro-Acoustic Works(3xCD, RM + DVD, PAL) Atoll ACD 404 New Zealand 2004 Sell This Version
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MMT2054 Complete Piano Music Volume 2 — Douglas Lilburn Douglas Lilburn, Dan Poynton Douglas Lilburn, Dan Poynton - Complete Piano Music Volume 2(CD) Morrison Music Trust MMT2054 New Zealand 2004 Sell This Version
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MMT2053 Complete Piano Music Volume 1 — Douglas Lilburn Douglas Lilburn, Dan Poynton Douglas Lilburn, Dan Poynton - Complete Piano Music Volume 1(CD) Morrison Music Trust MMT2053 New Zealand 2004 Sell This Version