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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Douglas Lilburn died in 2001 add something


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


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