Douglas Lilburn: Sings Harry (Baritone & Piano)
Baritone & Piano
This work is published as a saddle-stitch book for performance and study. It also includes a digital download with a recording of Sings Harry.
About the work:
Lilburn’s Sings Harry (1953/1954) for baritone and piano is a setting of six poems by New Zealand poet Denis Glover. With simple yet precise word setting, Lilburn created spare and direct tunes with accompaniments that vividly evoke the rural New Zealand landscape and the characters that inhabited Glover’s poems. Also included are two previously unpublished settings by Lilburn of Glover’s poetry, ‘Holiday Piece’ for medium voice and piano and ‘The Magpies’ for mixed voices.
Douglas Lilburn occupies a pre-eminent position in New Zealand music, with a legacy extending well beyond his compositional output. As a composer, teacher and mentor he presided in innumerable ways over the artistic growth of New Zealand from 1940 onwards. From the early works redolent of the influence of Sibelius and Vaughan Williams, to the electro-acoustic pieces of his later years, his works have been instrumental in establishing a genuine vernacular in New Zealand classical music.
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