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Edwin Carr

Composer

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Born: 1926

Biography

Edwin Carr was born in Auckland on August 10th 1926. He was educated at Otago Boys' High School from 1940 to 1943. Studied music at Otago University 1944-5 and Auckland University College 1946, degree unfinished. Attended the first Cambridge Summer Music School, 1946, with Douglas Lilburn as composition tutor. Travelled to England 1948, New Zealand Government Bursary to study composition at the Guildhall with Benjamin Frankel: much freelance work and travel. In 1954 a British Council scholarship enabled him to study under Petrassi in Rome. Also worked in Italy as musical director of an independent ballet company. In 1957 a further British Council Scholarship enabled him to study with Carl Orff in Munich.

Travelled back to New Zealand in 1958, staying there until 1960 teaching and composing. During the 1960s spent time in both Australia and England, composing, teaching and studying, several trips to New Zealand.

Was awarded the Mozart Fellowship at the University of Otago 1973-4. 1975-6 teacher of composition at the Sydney Conservatorium. 1976 return to London. Return to Australia 1977, part-time teaching at Sydney Conservatorium. 1984 return to NZ, freelance composing and conducting based in Taupo. 1991 shift to Waiheke Island where he remained active as a composer.

In 1999 he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Edwin Carr died at his home on Waiheke Island on the 27th March 2003.


Works (118)

A Blake Cantata

for 2-part childrens' choir and two pianos, 9m


Akarana

four symphonic sketches for large orchestra


All'Espagnola

for piano


Alla marcia

for piano


An Easter Cantata

For two part soprano choir and organ, 12m


An Easter Cantata

for two part soprano choir, string orchestra and timpani, 12m


An Easter Cantata

for mezzo-soprano, 2-part soprano choir, descant voices and organ, 12m


An Edith Sitwell Song Cycle

for mezzo-soprano, oboe and piano, 14m


Arikinui

for soprano and orchestra


Aubade

for clarinet and orchestra, 8m


Aubade

for clarinet and piano, 9m


Auckland '71

ode for male speaker, SATB chorus and orchestra, 12m


Concerto Balabile

for piano and orchestra


Concerto for Oboe

piano reduction score for oboe and piano of the concerto arr. by Geoffrey Grey


Concerto for Oboe

for oboe and orchestra


Doves of Peace

four pieces for piano, 7m


El Tango

a work for orchestra inspired by the music of Piazzolla


Electra

ballet music for piano, percussion and orchestra


Elegie (Elegy)

pour hautbois et piano; for oboe and piano


Five Bagatelles

for piano, 12m


Five Fragments from The Song of Solomon

for female voice and piano


Five Pieces for Orchestra

for orchestra, 12m


Five Wolfskehl Songs

for baritone and orchestra, 14m


Five Wolfskehl Songs

for baritone and piano, 14m


Four Concert Studies

for piano, 9m


Four Pieces

for oboe d'amore, strings and harp, 10m


Four Pieces

for oboe d'amore or oboe and piano, 6m


Foxtrot from "Coup de Folie"

for piano duet, 3m


Foxtrot from "Coup de Folie"

for 2 pianos/8 hands, 3m


Gaudeamus Overture

for orchestra, 10m


Harlequinade

for piano


In the Rangitaiki Valley

for SSATBB choir


In the Rangitaki Valley

for 2 pianos - 8 hands


Intermezzo

for piano


Lord Arthur Saville's Crime

a comic opera in one act, 8 scenes, 40m


Mardi Gras

for orchestra, 5m


Moderato Amabile

for piano


Nastasya

opera in 3 acts for 17 soloists and orchestra based on 'The Idiot' by Dostoevsky., 2h 15m


Ngataringa Nocturne and Scherzo

for oboe, oboe d'amore (or cor anglais) and piano


Night Music

scherzo for orchestra, 12m


No. 7

for piano


No. 8

for piano


O Soldier

For Mezzo-Soprano and Viola


Octet

for wind octet


Out of Dark

cycle for mezzo-soprano and piano


Out of Dark

song cycle for mezzo and orchestra, 14m


Pacific Festival Overture

for orchestra, 8m


Piano Concerto No. 1

for piano and orchestra, 20m


Piano Concerto No. 2

concerto for piano and orchestra, 20m


Pleasant Pieces for Piano

eleven pieces for piano


Poems for Piano and Orchestra

for piano and orchestra, 25m


Prelude and Aria

for oboe d'amore or cor anglais (english horn) and piano, 6m 30s


Promenade

ballet suite for orchestra, 18m


Quintet

for piano and string quartet, 12m


Revelations

a biblical drama for piano


Seven Elizabethan Lyrics

for SATB chorus and orchestra; or SATB chorus and piano duet, 14m


Seven Elizabethan Lyrics

seven movements for SATB choir and piano duet (SATB & orchestra also available)


Seven Medieval Lyrics

for SATB chorus and orchestra, 19m


Seven Medieval Lyrics

for SATB and piano duet


Seven Waiheke Lyrics

seven 'lyrics' for SATB choir and piano duet


Sinfonietta

for small orchestra, 17m


Six Studies

for string orchestra, 13m


Sonata

for solo violin, 12m


Sonata

for violin and piano, 17m


Sonata No.1

for piano, 12m


Sonata No.2

for piano, 11m


Sonatina

for piano, 8m


Sonatina di maggio

sonata for musette in F or E Flat (or oboe) and piano


Spring Wind in London

for SATB choir


String Quartet no.1

for string quartet, 14m


Suite No. 2 - Four Dances from Electra

for two pianists and two percussionists


Suite No. 2 - Four Dances from Electra

for two pianos and optional percussion, 9m


Suite No.1

for two pianos, 10m


Suite No.3

for two pianos, 7m


Symphony No. 2 (The Exile)

for orchestra, 34m


Symphony No.1

for orchestra, 17m


Symphony No.3

for orchestra, 16m


Symphony No.4

for orchestra, 25m


Taupo - Te Ao Marama / The Eye of the World

a song of Tauponui-a-tia for soprano solo, SATB choir and full orchestra, 40m


Te Tau (The Seasons)

for piano, 14m


Te Tau (The Seasons)

for piano and piano duet, 14m


Ten Concert Studies

for piano, 23m


The End of the Golden Weather

a seascape for full orchestra suggested by Bruce Mason's monologue of the same name, 10m


The Four Elements

for two pianos, 12m


The Mayor's New Coat

ballet music for orchestra, 24m


The Maze of the Muses

an opera in one act


The Ring

for SATB choir


The Sea Child

for SATB choir


The Snowmaiden

childrens' ballet for orchestra, 25m


The Snowmaiden

for solo piano


The Song of Solomon

symphonic cantata for soloists, speaker, choir and orchestra, 55m


The Twelve Signs: An Astrological Entertainment

for orchestra without strings, 28m


The White Notes

for piano


Three Love Songs

for high soprano and piano, 7m


Three Pieces

for cello and piano, 25m


Three Pieces

for solo bassoon


Three Shakespeare Songs

for mezzo-soprano and piano, 9m


Three Songs from Childhood

For Mezzo-Soprano and Violin, 8m


Two Dances

for viola and piano


Two Mansfield Poems

for oboe d'amore or cor anglais (english horn) and piano, 12m


Two Tableaux for Orchestra

taken from 'The Ordeal', an abandoned ballet., 8m


Valse-caprice

for piano


Voices of the Air!

for SATB choir


Waikato Song

for choir and orchestra


Waikato Song

for two pianos, soprano, contralto and choir


Winter Bird

for SATB choir



Resources (7)

Canzona 2001 vol 22 no 43

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Canzona 2003 vol 24 no 45

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Canzona 2004 vol 25 no 46

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Crescendo No. 64, April 2003

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Crescendo No. 71, August 2005

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