This set of works is published as full scores within a perfect-bind book for reference and study. The scores in the Collected Edition are based on Pruden's underlying autograph or holograph manuscripts, which have been consulted extensively throughout the editorial process. Comparison has been made to all extant forms of each title, published and unpublished. In some cases, several variants exist, and the goal has been to determine as far as possible the composer's final intention and to convey this comprehensively in the published score. Emendations have been made to account for the composer's revisions and for certain errors and inconsistencies, and each volume includes a short commentary and editorial notes on the source materials.
This volume includes:
Throughout Pruden's output, whether the music is modest in scale and purely functional (civic fanfares and radio advertising jingles, for example) or more extended and overtly 'serious' in tone (such as the larger works for orchestra and strings), his vivid response to urban society and rural life in New Zealand is revealed. With Douglas Lilburn, John Ritchie and others, Larry Pruden belongs to the earliest generation of New Zealand composers to discover a genuine vernacular, and in his music is reflected the trail-blazing spirit of the pioneers, their passion for creativity and their rebelliousness of spirit.
Between 1947 and 1973 the Alex Lindsay String Orchestra not only played a major role in the concert life of New Zealand but also maintained a special relationship with a generation of post-war composers. Larry Pruden was introduced to the public when his Children's Suite entered its repertoire in 1949, and Dances of Brittany, commissioned by the orchestra in 1956, established his reputation. In 1960 the orchestra played Soliloquy for Strings – a work that Pruden had inteded it to premiere – and in 1968 Birthday Disguises was composed to celebrate its twentieth anniversary. The two arrangements for string orchestra included in this volume postdate the orchestra's lifetime.