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Talking Music - conversations with New Zealand musicians


Talking Music - conversations with New Zealand musicians

Biography Publication year: 2002

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In this book Sarah Shieff talks informally with a wide range of gifted composers and performers, among them Hirini Melbourne, Wilma Smith, Edwin Carr, Jenny McLeod and Gareth Farr, who have all made music their lives. "I'm simply obsessed with how little we know about ourselves," says William Dart. "And it's artists, writers, composers and musicians who can tell us. They are the ones who can keep alive the stories that touch our hearts, our minds and our souls."

The book is accompanied by a CD featuring the musicians including excepts from Dorothea Franchi's Four Pioneer Portraits; Jenny McLeod's Tone Clock Pieces, William Dart's Songs to the Judges and Jack Body's Turtle Time.


x, 206 p. : ports. ; 23 cm. + 1 sound disc (75 min., 5 sec. : digital ; 4 3/4 in.)


Publisher note

Auckland University Press

Author note

Shieff, Sarah

Dedication note

to the memory of my father, Bernard Shieff (1916-2001) whose love and support never faltered.