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Graham Parsons

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Biography

Graham Parsons holds postgraduate degrees in music composition and music education, and is currently Senior Lecturer of Music Education at Massey University, New Zealand. After studying at Victoria University during Professor Page's "heady '60s", under David Farquhar and Douglas Lilburn, Graham moved overseas and attended an international composition course led by Karlheinz Stockhausen and Henri Pousseur. The need for survival necessitated Graham's move from composition to teaching. After working as Music Specialist, Head of department, in a number of English Grammar Schools he returned to New Zealand to work in the area of teacher education specialising in particular in philosophy and sociology of music education, music composition and musical style. Along side his teaching, Graham has performed widely as a conductor of choirs and orchestras, an organist and an accompanist.

More recently he has returned to music composition. Having been a community musician for so many years, it seemed only natural for him to fall into the roll of community composer, writing works to suit various local and national performing groups. The attraction to this form of composition is that the limits of the performers' technical abilities are clearly defined, and one can guarantee that the works will be performed. His 'Missa Brevis' is performed by cathedral choirs in both Auckland and Wellington, and this 'Mass of the Holy Spirit', recently published by Millennium Publications, is performed by various church congregations throughout the country. His works for recorder ensembles are performed by both amateur and professional groups and his choral music has been performed by various choral societies and has been included by schools in the Choral Federation Secondary Schools Choral Competition programmes. One of the appeals of Graham's music is its range of technical requirements and its suitability for a variety of musical occasions.


Works (54)

Cello Works No. 3

for cello and piano, 4m


A Southern Carol

for SATB choir


An Overture in the French Style

for recorder consort, 5m


Arohaina mai

for SSATTB


By the Rivers of Babylon (SATB)

for SATB choir with optional piano and/or drum accompaniment, 3m 10s


By the Rivers of Babylon (SSA)

for SSA choir with optional piano and/or drum accompaniment, 3m 10s


By the Rivers of Babylon (TTB)

for TTB choir with optional piano and/or drum accompaniment, 3m 10s


Camptown Races

for recorder quartet


Cello Works No. 1

for cello and piano, 7m 20s


Cello Works No. 2

for cello and piano, 4m 20s


Changing the Clocks - Trials of the Digital Age

for for small to medium sized SAB choir with optional accompaniment, 2m 20s


Changing the Clocks - Trials of the Digital Age

for small to medium sized SSA choir with optional accompaniment, 2m 20s


Changing the Clocks - Trials of the Digital Age

for small to medium sized TTB choir with optional accompaniment, 2m 20s


Changing the Clocks - Trials of the Digital Age

for small to medium sized SATB choir with optional accompaniment, 2m 20s


Cradled in a Manger

for SATB unaccompanied choir


Dance Solo 1

one movement work for recorder sextet, 4m


Dance Solo II

one movement work for recorder sextet, 4m


Gaudete - A Renaissance Carol

one movement arrangement of a work by Steeleye Span for recorder ensemble, 4m


Hodie Christus Natus Est

for unaccompanied SATB choir, 3m


If Fancy Would Favour

for voice (soprano or mezzo) and piano


In the bush

for piano


Laudate Dominum

for two choirs and optional instrumental ensemble


Laudate Dominum (Psalm 150)

a SATB Latin Motet with optional piano accompaniment, 2m 30s


Make We joy

one movement work for unaccompanied SATB choir and SA choir or SA soloists, 3m


Mass of the Holy Spirit

for congregation with piano or organ accompaniment


Missa Brevis

mass setting for unaccompanied SATB choir, 10m


Missa Brevis

for unaccompanied SSA choir, 10m


Nicholas the First

for SATB choir


Piano Study 1a

for solo piano


Recorder Suite: Scenes from the Merchant of Venice

Four movement work for recorder sextet, 5m


Saturday Rain

for TBB choir with optional piano accompaniment


Sing a New Song to the Lord

for SATB choir and organ, 5m


Sing Your Praises

for two choirs and optional instrumental ensemble


Sonata for Clarinet and Piano

three movement work for clarinet and piano, 10m


Sonata for Violin and Piano

a four movement sonata for violin and piano, 20m


Songs of Creatures Great and Small

five songs for unaacompanied SATB choir, 9m


The Driving Lesson

for SAB with piano accompaniment


The Driving Lesson

for SATB with piano accompaniment


The Driving Lesson

for TBB choir and piano


The Driving Lesson

for SSA or TTB with piano accompaniment


Three Curnow Songs

for unaccompanied SATB choir, 5m


Three Pieces for Violin and Piano

for violin and piano


Three Shakespeare Songs

three songs for unaccompanied SATB choir, 7m


When Music Sounds

For soprano and piano