Douglas Lilburn

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Douglas Lilburn

New Zealand composer add

Category: Music

Born in 1915.

Countries: New Zealand (50%), United Kingdom (30%), United States (10%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: New Zealand, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra

Linked to: Royal College of Music, University of Canterbury, University of New Zealand, University of Otago

 

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Douglas Lilburn was born in 1915 add something


1937

In 1937 he began studying at the Royal College of Music, London add something


1939

He was tutored in composition by Ralph Vaughan Williams and remained at the College until 1939 add something


1940

Lilburn returned to New Zealand in 1940 and served as guest conductor in Wellington for three months with the NBS String Orchestra add something


1941

He shifted to Christchurch in 1941 and worked as a freelance composer and teacher until 1947 add something


1946

Between 1946 and 1949 and again in 1951, Lilburn was Composer-in-Residence at the Cambridge Summer Music Schools add something

 

His writings include "A Search for Tradition", a talk given at the first Cambridge Summer School of Music in January 1946 and "A Search for Language", a University of Otago Open Lecture, March 1969 add something


1947

In 1947, Lilburn shifted to Wellington to take up a position at Victoria University as part-time lecturer in music add something


1949

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra - The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra has recorded most of Lilburn's major works, including the three symphonies composed from 1949 to 1961 and many of the other symphonic works add something

 

He became a full-time lecturer in 1949, senior lecturer in 1955, was appointed Associate Professor of Music in 1963 and Professor with a personal chair in music in 1970 add something


1967

Lilburn was founder of Waiteata Press Music Editions in 1967 and founder of the Lilburn Trust of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington , 1984 add something


1969

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 add something


1988

In 1988 he was awarded the Order of New Zealand add something


Douglas Lilburn died in 2001 add something


2005

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 add something


2012

His "A Song of Islands" was given its American premiere on November 17, 2012, by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by James Judd, the former music director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra add something