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Dr. Michael Brown On Douglas Lilburn

Dr. Michael Brown On Douglas Lilburn

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  • Thu 23 Jun ’16, 6:00pm – 7:30pm


Central City Library, 44-46 Lorne St, Auckland CBD


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

Auckland Libraries is proud to present a series of curatorial lectures from the Alexander Turnbull Library.

Join us in the Whare Wānanga on Level 2 of Central City Library for a lecture from Dr Michael Brown, Curator Music at Alexander Turnbull Library, on ‘“Couldn’t it have been the bagpipes?” reflections on the work of Douglas Lilburn’.

New Zealand’s most celebrated composer Douglas Lilburn claimed he grew up with little music on the family farm in Turakina Valley and later in Whānganui. But he was in fact exposed to an array of domestic, school and church music. Indeed the Scottish traditions of his parents left a subtle but pervasive mark on his work.

This lecture considers how music historiography in New Zealand has developed as a series of silos despite evidence of interconnections among musicians and musical styles. Lilburn’s work stands as a prominent example of a more widespread pattern of musical cross-pollination.

Michael Brown’s Master’s and Doctoral theses explored various aspects of New Zealand Music, including folk music, Māori performing arts, and issues in music historiography. As a musician he has performed various musical styles from classical piano through to folk-rock and kapa haka, he previously worked in the Turnbull’s Arrangement & Description team.

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