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Work

1940
Duration:
08' 00"
Instrumentation:
2222;4320; timp, perc; strs.
Contents:
one movement

Samples

application/force-download,1935k Score (1935k) Pages 1-8© Waiteata Music Press
audio/mpeg,940k Recording (940k) 1:35-2:35© Kiwi Pacific
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audio/mpeg,703k Recording (703k) 0'00" - 1'00"© Continuum
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Programme Note

Lilburn was a student when he wrote Overture: Aotearoa. It was premiered in 1940, as part of the New Zealand Centennial Matinee at His Majesty‚Äôs Theatre in London. Although it did not receive its New Zealand premiere until 1959 it has since received numerous performances and several recordings. Described as a work of “unabashed optimism”, Lilburn noted that it had a, “freshness and exhilaration”.

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Advanced
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Performance History

World Premiere for P: Overture: Aotearoa; Sadlers Wells c. Braithwaite 15041940 15 Apr 1940 Written for the New Zealand Centennial Matinee in London and first performed at His Majesty’s Theatre, Haymarket, by the Sadlers Wells Orchestra conducted by Warwick Braithwaite
20 Nov 1979 Performed by the NZSO, conductor Michi Inoue
11 Oct 1997 Performed by the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Sewell, in Mansfield, Ohio, USA.
Andrew Sewell
20 Nov 1998 Performed by the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Sewell, in Toledo, Ohio, USA.
Andrew Sewell
14 Oct 2000 Performed by the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Sewell, in Wichita, Kansas, USA.
Andrew Sewell
23 Feb 2008 Performed by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir William Southgate
Christchurch Symphony
28 Mar 2008 Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pietari Inkinen at the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, 28 March 2008
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
04 Apr 2008 Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pietari Inkinen at the Auckland Town Hall, 4 April 2008
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
09 Apr 2008 Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pietari Inkinen at the Dunedin Town Hall, 9 April 2008
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
10 Apr 2008 Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pietari Inkinen at the Christchurch Town Hall, 10 April 2008
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
28 Jun 2009 Performed by Wellington Chamber Orchestra and conducted by Michael Joel at the St Andrew’s on The Terrace, Wellington
Michael Joel
27 Mar 2010 Performed by the Nelson Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mick Dowrick, in the Nelson School of Music Auditorium
16 May 2010 Performed by the Wellington Youth Orchestra, conducted by Greg Squire, in the Wellington Town Hall as part of their 50th Anniversary Concert.
Wellington Youth Orchestra
19 Jun 2010 Performed by the Manukau Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ivan Meylemans (Belgium) in the Telstra Clear Pacific Events Centre.
Manukau Symphony Orchestra
16 Sep 2010 Broadcast of recording from “Sound Barrier” performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Kenneth Young as part “Kiwi Tracks” on Hawaii Public Radio
Kenneth Young    New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
08 Nov 2010 Performed by The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and conducted by Pietari Inkinen, at Victoria Hall, in Geneva.
28 Jan 2011 Performed by the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra with conductor Grant Cooper
Grant Cooper
29 Jan 2011 Performed by the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra with conductor Grant Cooper
Grant Cooper
26 Mar 2011 Performed by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra with conductor Tom Wood at the Christchurch Town Hall, in Christchurch
Christchurch Symphony
23 Mar 2012 Performed by the Opus Orchestra, conducted by Peter Walls, at the Gallagher Theatre, Hamilton.
24 Mar 2012 Performed by the Opus Orchestra, conducted by Peter Walls, at the Civic Theatre, Rotorua.
25 Mar 2012 Performed by the Opus Orchestra, conducted by Peter Walls, at the Great Lakes Centre, Taupo.
06 Feb 2014 Performed by the NZSO National Youth Orchestra, conducted by Benjamin Northey, at Te Papa, Wellington.
07 Feb 2014 Performed by the NZSO National Youth Orchestra, conducted by Benjamin Northey, at the Napier Municipal Theatre.
21 Mar 2015 Performed by the Christchurch Orchestra and conducted by Benjamin Northey at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, in Wigram, in Christchurch.
18 Jun 2015 Performed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra with violinist Benjamin Schmid and conducted by Rumon Gamba at the Auckland Town Hall
18 Oct 2015 Performed by the Manawatu Sinfonia and conducted by Peter van Drimmelen at the Speirs Centre in Palmerston North

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