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Ross Harris

Composer

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Born: 1945

Biography

Arts laureate Ross Harris is one of New Zealand’s leading composers. He has written more than two hundred compositions including opera, symphonic music, chamber music, klezmer and electronic music. He has won the prestigious SOUNZ Contemporary Award more times than any other New Zealand composer.

Harris received a QSM in 1985 for his opera Waituhi with libretto by Witi Ihimaera and the CANZ Citation for Services to New Zealand Music in 1990. His major works include five string quartets, six symphonies, a violin concerto (premiered by Anthony Marwood in 2010) and a cello concerto (premiered by Li-Wei Qin in 2012).

His collaborations with poet Vincent O’Sullivan have produced two operas, two symphonies, three song cycles and Requiem for the Fallen. One of the song cycles The Abiding Tides (for soprano Jenny Wollerman and the New Zealand String Quartet was described by music critic Rod Biss as “…a work that instantly enriched our heritage of New Zealand music”. His Requiem for the Fallen (2014) has been described as “a devastating commentary on the ravages of war.” and “This was a never-to-be-forgotten experience for all who attended.”

Recent premieres include Aria for Solo Viola and String Orchestra (2014) by Robert Ashworth and Auckland Philharmonia, Piano Quintet (2015) by the New Zealand String Quartet and Stephen de Pledge, There May Be Light (2016) by Julian Bliss and NZTrio, Symphony No. 6 (words by Vincent O’Sullivan) by Auckland Philharmonia, and Brass Poppies (2016), a chamber opera with libretto by Vincent O’Sullivan at the Wellington International Festival.


Composed (143)

"God, pity us poor soldiers"

for koauau and strings, 5m


... and the final sky

for unaccompanied SATB choir, 5m


...of memory...

for orchestra, 14m


A Path To Memory

for piano


Aria

for piano, 3m


Aria for Solo Viola and Strings

for solo viola and strings


Arms and the Boy

for TBarB vocal trio


Arquebus

for tuba and piano, 4m


As though there were no God

for orchestra, 18m


At the Edge of Silence

quintet for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano, 11m


Audi Caelum

for three sopranos and four cellos, 7m


Ave Maris Stella

for SSAATTBB choir


Black Ice

an opera in two acts for full orchestra, vocal soloists and chorus


Brass Poppies

a chamber opera, 1h 10m


Bremner Aria

aria for trombone and brass band, 6m


Canticle

For Mezzo-Soprano, Flute, Clarinet and Piano, 2m


Canticle

for soprano, violin, cello and piano


Cento

for full orchestra, 10m 40s


Chamber Concerto

for piano, winds and percussion, 12m


Chant

For solo piano, 9m


Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra

for cello and orchestra


Contours

for horn and piano, 7m


contra-music

for solo contrabassoon and mixed chamber ensemble


Contramusic

for wind and percussion, 5m


Dreams, Yellow Lions

for baritone and chamber ensemble, 20m


Duo

for violin and cello, 7m


Echo

for trumpet and tape delay system, 10m


Eight Duets for French Horns

based on Hungarian folksongs


Etude (Waves)

for piano solo


Farbenkt (Nostalgic)

for klezmer band


Fault Lines

for brass quintet, 3m 2s


Fjärran

for clarinet and string quartet


Fluchtig

for flute and tape, 6m


Four Laments for solo clarinet

for solo clarinet, 7m 33s


From one JSB to Another

for solo piano


Games Affair Suite

for tape, 8m


Ghost Dances (String Quartet No.2)

for string quartet, 13m


Haiku

an electroacoustic work, 5m


Harmonicity

an electroacoustic work, 8m


Horizons

for tape, 7m


Horn Call on Makara Cliff

for horn and tape, 8m


Icon

for oboe and piano, 5m


In Memory - Judith Clark

for solo piano


In Memory G.B.

for bassoon and piano, 5m


Incantation

For Soprano and Tape, 8m


Inharmonicity

for piano and tape, 10m


Jazz Suite for Wind Quintet

for wind quintet


Ka wawara te hau...

for flute and piano, 11m


Klezmer Trio

for string trio, 6m


Koan

an electroacoustic work, 10m


Konen (Rounds)

for klezma band


Lament- Butrymonys

for solo french horn, 5m


Lines and Circle

for two B flat clarinets, 3m


Micro-Piece for Xenia

for solo piano


Minor

for klezmer band


Moler (Painter)

for klezmer band


Mosaic (Water)

an electroacoustic work, 7m


Mozaic: You Must Remember This?

for two pianos, 8m


Music for Jonny

for string orchestra, 8m


Music for Trombone

for solo trombone


Narish (Silly)

for klezmer band


Nga Manu

for piano


Nocturne

for violin and piano, 7m


Orchestral excerpts from the opera 'Rasputin'

excerpts for orchestra from the opera, 16m


Ornamental Gorse

For Baritone and Piano


Paoro (to echo)

for solo trumpet


Passio

for voices, brass, woodwind and percussion


Piano Fragments

for solo piano, 8m


Piano Piece for JR

for solo piano, 3m


Piano Prelude – A landscape with too few lovers

a "landscape prelude" for piano, 3m 30s


Piano Quintet

for 2 violins, viola, cello and piano


Piano Trio

for piano trio, 15m


Poem

for tape, 7m


Prelude

for piano, 2m


Reflections

for horn and piano, 7m


Requiem for the Fallen

for solo tenor, SATB choir, taonga puoro, bass drum, and string quartet, co-composed with Horomona Horo


Ricochet

for three percussionists, 8m


Senryu

for piano trio


Seven Haiku

for soprano, guitar, harp and accordion


Shadow Music

for tape, 8m


Shpasik (Funny)

for klezmer band


Shtiklekh (Morsel)

for flute/piccolo, soprano saxophone and piano


Silence Greets the Dawn

for vocalising percussionist, 6m


Sinfonietta

for string orchestra, 13m


Skymning

for computer generated tape, 7m


Sleep O Beloved

for 4 female voices and percussion, 15m


Songs for Beatrice: Making Light of Time

a song cycle for soprano and piano


Spirals

an electroacoustic work, 12m


St Stephen's Chorale and Variations

for organ, three trumpets, and three trombones


String Quartet

for string quartet, 10m


String Quartet No. 5 (Songs from Childhood)

for string quartet, 9m 30s


Sunt lacrimae rerum

for cello and piano


Symphony No. 1

for symphony orchestra


Symphony No. 2

for mezzo-soprano and orchestra, 31m


Symphony No. 3

for full orchestra including accordion, 40m


Symphony No. 3 arr. by Silencio Ensemble

Silencio Ensemble's arrangement for the 2009 Silver Scroll Awards


Symphony No. 5

for alto and orchestra


Symphony No. 6, "Last Letter"

for mezzo-soprano and orchestra


Syndrum

an electroacoustic work, 7m


Tanz der Schwane

an opera, 2h


Te Moanapouri

for cor anglais, harp and string orchestra, 7m


The Abiding Tides

for string quartet and solo soprano, 21m 59s


The Floating Bride, The Crimson Village

for solo soprano and orchestra, 18m


The Floating Bride, the Crimson Village

for soprano and piano, 18m


The Hills of Time

for orchestra, 12m


The Sleep of Reason....

for mixed chamber sextet, 10m


There may be light

for clarinet, violin, cello and piano


Three Pieces for Orchestra

for full orchestra


Three Rilke Songs

for soprano, clarinet and harp, 10m


Three Sandcastle Songs

for voice and piano


To a Child

for tape, 12m


To the memory of I.S. Totzka

for soprano soloist with chamber nonet, 20m


Trees

for SSAA


Trio

for flute, viola and harp, 6m


Trombone Opera

for solo trombone with mixed chamber ensemble


Variation

for solo piano, 13m


Variation 25 (String Quartet No. 4)

for string quartet, 8m


Violin Concerto No. 1

for violin and orchestra, 23m 30s


Vocalise

an electroacoustic work, 12m


Voglenish (Wandering)

for klezmer band


Wananga i te rangi

for tape, 20m


Wild Daisies

for mezzo-soprano and piano, 8m


Zikorn

for klezmer band


Zukhenish (Searching)

for klezmer band



Resources (76)

Canzona 2005 vol 26 no 47

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Canzona February 1984 vol 5 no 17

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Canzona October 1981 Vol 3 no 9

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Ross Harris' five symphonies

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Ross Harris' works for string quartet

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