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A Distant Music - The Life and Times of Alfred Hill 1870-1960

Book hardcover

A Distant Music - The Life and Times of Alfred Hill 1870-1960

Biography Publication year: 1980



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Alfred Hill was New Zealand's first fully professional composer and a leading figure in Australian music from the early years of this century. With his artistic life divided between Australia and New Zealand, he is best described as a true Australasian who was virtually the founder of musical composition in the two countries in which he lived. A Distant Music was a joint winner of the Oxford University Press Quincentenary Biography Competition in 1978. Far more than the life and times of its subject, it is a vivid recreation of the Victorian and Edwardian eras in Australia and New Zealand, and paints portraits of the cultural growth of two nations.


239 p. : ill., facsim., music, ports. ; 25 cm.


Publisher note

Oxford University Press

Author note

Thomson, John Mansfield

Dedication note

To the pioneer musicians of Australia and New Zealand