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Douglas LilburN Piano Music 2

New Zealand–British Connection: the music of Douglas Lilburn and Ralph Vaughan Williams

VOLUME 5 Works for String Orchestra

MASSEY UNIVERSITY MUSIC EDITION

Douglas LilburN Drysdale Overture

Ralph Vaughan Williams THE MAYOR OF CASTERBRIDGE Incidental music for a radio dramatization of Thomas Hardy’s novel Edited by Nathaniel G. Lew

The Lilburn & Vaughan Williams connection New Zealand is inexorably linked to Britain; while a former

In a pleasant coincidence, Promethean Editions’ Lilburn

colony, it is now a fully independent constitutional

series editor, Dr Robert Hoskins, has been involved in the

monarchy. In the middle of the twentieth century New

recent publication of two first publication of works by

Zealand began to search for its own cultural identity:

Vaughan Williams. We are pleased to present both of these

artists, composers, poets and writers all began to react to

special collections of music, Lilburn and Vaughan Williams

the unique New Zealand landscape.

together, hoping that each edition furthers a deeper understanding and scholarship of the music of both

In the late 1930s, young composer DOUGLAS LILBURN (1915–2001) travelled to London to study under RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872–1958) at the Royal College of

composers.

Douglas Lilburn

Music. The first among many young New Zealand

Douglas Lilburn holds a special

composers to study in London, Lilburn began composing

place in the history of New Zealand

works that reflected the narrative of New Zealand’s

music. He occupies a pre-eminent

landscape and in doing so he set the agenda for New

position in New Zealand music,

Zealand composition for the remainder of the century.

with a legacy extending well beyond his compositional output.

Shortly after his death in 2001, Promethean Editions

As a composer, teacher and mentor

established the Douglas Lilburn Complete Piano Edition,

he presided in innumerable ways

developing a companion print edition to Trust Records’

over the artistic growth of New Zealand from 1940

award-winning CD collection of the same name. And now

onwards. From the early works redolent of the influence of

in 2014, we are also pleased to announce the launch of the

Sibelius and Vaughan Williams, to the electro-acoustic

Douglas Lilburn Centenary Edition, a project to publish the

pieces of his later years, his works have been instrumental

remaining four orchestral works by Lilburn which have not

in establishing a genuine vernacular in New Zealand

yet been edited or typeset for print.

classical music.

Image caption: Leo Bensemann, Canterbury Spring, Oil on hardboard. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu; purchased 1961. Reproduced by permission of the estate of the artist.


The New Zealand–British connection

collection of 14 music editions will be complimented with

Lilburn was one of many New Zealand composers who

classroom resources designed for secondary schools.

travelled to England to continue their studies. He studied under the aegis of Vaughan Williams at the Royal College of

The Vaughan Williams editions

Music in London. During his time in London he wrote his

Lilburn series editor Robert Hoskins, in collaboration with

first major orchestral work, Drysdale Overture (1937). In a

Nathaniel Lew, has recently completed the production of

letter to scholar Robert Hoskins, Lilburn reflects on the

two Vaughan Williams first publications, published under

composition of Drysdale:

the Massey University Music Edition (published by

When I arrived at the Royal College of Music in London, in

Promethean Editions). Published for the first time, The

Williams, he put me through routine disciplines of writing

Mayor of Casterbridge (PME13) is

fugues and part-songs, and then one day said: ‘Isn’t it time you

the incidental music created for the

composed something?’ I accepted the challenge and produced

1950 BBC radio dramatization of

my Drysdale Overture, with its nostalgic memories in a

Thomas Hardy’s novel by the same

musical language which rather disconcerted him. Still more

name. Editor Nathaniel Lew

did it upset Sir George Dyson, who brilliantly realised my

prepared this publication from

rough orchestral score on the piano and then wryly said:

Ralph Vaughan Williams’ original

‘Don’t bring me another manuscript like that’. He did,

manuscripts and it is presented

however, give it a reading rehearsal with the RCM first

here in a format that is clear for

orchestra, and I took steps to improve my musical

both scholars and performers. The

handwriting.

music was serialised into ten weekly episodes, however

MASSEY UNIVERSITY MUSIC EDITION

September 1937, and was accepted as a student by Vaughan

Ralph Vaughan Williams THE MAYOR OF CASTERBRIDGE Incidental music for a radio dramatization of Thomas Hardy’s novel Edited by Nathaniel G. Lew

The Massey University Music Edition is published by Promethean Editions Limited

Williams, Sonata for Piano in A minor, (1939), is published in the second volume of our Lilburn Complete Piano Music Edition (PEL02). By no means juvenilia, Hoskins writes of the sonata that it ‘immediately announces the presence of a distinct musical personality and reveals a quality characteristic of the mature composer: his very sharply realised visual sense.’ Other works written during Lilburn’s time in London include a cantata entitled Prodigal Country (1939) and Aotearoa Overture (1940). Another young New Zealand composer, David Farquhar, studied under Benjamin Frankel at the Guildhall School of Music in London. Farquhar, like Lilburn, returned to New Zealand at the completion of his studies and together they had illustrious careers teaching music at Victoria University of Wellington. (Promethean Editions also publishes several of Farquhar’s string quartets).

The Douglas Lilburn 2015 Project In celebration of the centenary of Lilburn’s birth in 1915, we are pleased to announce the publication of the Lilburn Centenary Edition – the publication of four remaining unedited and typeset orchestral works – as well as the continuation of the Lilburn Complete Piano Music Edition. The Centenary Edition is comprised of the first editions of Drysdale Overture (1937), Prodigal Country (1939), A Song of Islands (1946) and Symphony No.1 (1949). Both collections are scheduled to be completed by November 2015, in time for the centenary celebration of Lilburn’s birth. This

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little documentary evidence remains of the radio publication. As Lew writes, ‘Most useful to our understanding of the music are the “Programme as Broadcast” records. Unfortunately, the BBC assigned a single code to all of Vaughan William’s scores (DBS 1972). And the broadcast records identify excerpts from this recording only by their durations, with no indication of which passages were used where. Most episodes appear to use one or two excerpts, with duration ranging from 25 seconds to over three minutes, but even this is unclear: where there is only a single duration listed, it may represent the combined duration of several excerpts. Scenes Adapted from Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress (PME14) contains the complete script and extant musical numbers from the 1907 and 1908 productions of Pilgrim’s Progress in London. The score draws on several primary sources, and existing gaps are filled with additional music selections

MASSEY UNIVERSITY MUSIC EDITION

Another work Lilburn wrote while studying with Vaughan

Scenes Adapted from Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress By Evelyn U. Ouless Music composed and selected by Ralph Vaughan Williams Edited by Nathaniel G. Lew

The Massey University Music Edition is published by

and fabrications in the Appendix. In Promethean Editions Limited

the preface, Nathaniel Lew explains the sources and editorial decisions leading to this publication, all of which makes for both a scholarly and practical work. The incidental music composed for a community theatrical production of part one of Bunyan’s book in Reigate, Surrey, preceded all these works and, despite its modest nature, served as a dramatic model and reservoir of musical ideas for them. It was also the source of the 1910 Tallis Fantasia.


Lilburn Centenary Edition

VOL

Code

pp

ISMN

Pub Date

Works / Description

Price

1

PEL21

43

979-0-67452-204-5

March 2014

Drysdale Overture

$79.00

2

PEL22

TBC

979-0-67452-205-2

Nov 2015

Prodigal Country

TBC

3

PEL23

TBC

979-0-67452-206-9

Nov 2015

Song of Islands

TBC

4

PEL24

TBC

979-0-67452-207-6

Nov 2015

Symphony No.1

TBC

Lilburn Complete Piano Music Edition In 2005 Trust Records launched the

manuscripts and early publications in preparing these

first volume in the award-winning

volumes as both scholarly and practical editions for

recording series showcasing all of

performance. An example of the original composer’s

Lilburn’s piano music, receiving ‘Best

manuscript, shown below, indicates some of the problems

Classical Album’ in the 2005

encountered by the editors.

Recording Industry of New Zealand Music Awards and in the same year, Gramophone magazine acclaimed that ‘[These] performances and recordings are unobtrusively excellent.’ This edition consists of eight companion volumes to accompany the recorded series and draws on the expertise of Dr. Robert Hoskins of Massey University and Rod Biss, formerly of Schott London, Faber Music and Price Milburn Music, who was instrumental in first publishing Lilburn’s piano music in the 1970s.

Lilburn manuscript of the beginning of Two Pieces (1951), from Occasional Pieces for Piano (1951) found in Lilburn Complete Piano Music, Vol.1 (PEL01)

Having worked with Lilburn directly on these early

The first three volumes (PEL01, PEL02 & PEL03) in this

publications, Biss has now revisited original source

series are now available.

materials in the preparation of this series. Together, the editors have carefully considered and clarified Lilburn’s

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VOL

Code

pp

ISMN

Pub Date

Works / Description

Price

1

PEL01

43

979-0-67452-124-6

Mar 2011

Sonata (1949); & Occasional Pieces for Piano (1943-73)

$57.00

2

PEL02

30

979-0-67452-125-8

Apr 2012

Six Short Pieces (1962-63); Sonata (1939); & Moths and Candles (1950)

$49.00

3

PEL03

51

979-0-67452-126-0

Mar 2014

Nine Short Pieces (1965-66); Three Sea Changes (1946-81); Seven Short Pieces (1965-66); & Sonata (1956)

$63.00

4

PEL04

TBC

979-0-67452-127-7

Nov 2014*

Works drawn from the second volume of the recorded series (MMT2054)

TBC†

5

PEL05

TBC

979-0-67452-128-4

Nov 2014*

Works drawn from the third volume of the recorded series (MMT2067)

TBC†

6

PEL06

TBC

979-0-67452-129-1

Mar 2015*

Works drawn from the third volume of the recorded series (MMT2067)

TBC†

7

PEL07

TBC

979-0-67452-130-7

Mar 2015*

Works drawn from the fourth volume of the recorded series (MMT2068)

TBC†

8

PEL08

TBC

979-0-67452-131-4

Nov 2015*

Works drawn from the fourth volume of the recorded series (MMT2068)

TBC†

B

PEL09

TBC

TBC

Nov 2015*

An anthology drawing together the most popular works

TBC†

E

PEL10

TBC

TBC

Nov 2015*

An anthology drawing together works for junior pianists (Grade V-VII)

TBC†

* Projected Publication Date † Pricing to be confirmed however total subscription will not exceed NZ$700 (+GST if applicable)

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