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Alfred Hill


Born: 1869 Died: 1960


Alfred Hill (1869-1960) 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. As a young man he was much involved in Wellington's musical life, and after studying in Leipzig, became conductor of the Wellington Orchestral Society. His move to Australia soon after the turn of the century saw him co-found the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and become one of its professors. At this time he composed the romantic operas 'Tapu' and 'A Moorish Maid'. Best known for many years as the composer of the popular song 'Waiata Poi', Alfred Hill also wrote thirteen symphonies, seven concertos, seven operas, string quartets, suites, sonatas, cantatas, numerous songs and a considerable amopunt of film music. In his influence and in his fervour for music he is a major antipodean musical figure.

Further information about Alfred Hill can be found in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography at

Composed (86)

A Little Town I Love

for voice and piano, 3m

A Reverie

for orchestra, 3m 42s

A World of Light

for voice and piano

Anzac Day

for voice and piano, 3m

As Night Falls

for orchestra, 3m 4s


for SSA choir, 3m


for piano quartet, 3m

Black Baby

for piano, 4m

Come Again Summer

for piano, 3m

Commemorative Ode

for choir and orchestra, 40m

Concerto for Horn and Orchestra

for horn and orchestra


for piano

He Oriori

for voice and string orchestra, 3m


for soloists, choir and orchestra, 52m

I thought I heard a Magpie Call

for voice and piano, 2m

In Serious Mood

for treble recorder, two tenor recorders and bass recorder, 4m


for brass band

Little Prelude

for piano, 2m

Little Suite

for treble recorder, two tenor recorders and bass recorder, 6m

Marche Militaire

for string orchestra, 4m

Mass in E flat

for mixed choir and organ

One Came Fluting

for flute and small orchestra, 2m

One Came Fluting

for piano, 3m

Overture of Welcome

for orchestra, 8m

Poor Fellow Me (Wanderer's Song)

for voice and piano, 2m

Pro Patria Australia

for SATB choir with trumpets and drums, 4m

Quiet River

for piano


for orchestra, 3m 52s


for horn and strings

Serenade - Are you calling?

for voice and piano, 2m

Short Symphony No. 10

for orchestra, 18m 28s

Solemn March

for string orchestra, 5m

Sonata movement in B minor

for viola and piano, 10m

Sonata Movement in B minor

for cello and piano, 10m

Sonata No. 4

for violin and piano, 18m

Sonata No. 4 - Maori

for violin and piano

Spring and Youth

for piano, 2m

String quartet No. 11 in D Minor

for string quartet, 17m 50s

String Quartet No. 12 in E major

for string quartet, 21m

String Quartet No. 13 in E flat major

for string quartet, 21m

String Quartet No. 14 in B minor

for string quartet, 25m

String Quartet No. 15 in A minor

for string quartet, 22m

String Quartet No. 17 in C major

for string quartet, 18m

String Quartet No. 4

for string quartet, 24m 10s

String Quartet No. 6 - The Kids

for string quartet, 15m

String Quartet No. 7 in A

for string quartet, 19m

String Quartet No. 8

for string quartet, 25m 37s

String Quartet No. 9 in A minor

for string quartet, 20m

Symphony in E minor

for small orchestra, 20m

Symphony No. 1

for orchestra, 40m

Symphony No. 5 - The Carnival

for orchestra, 20m 21s

Tarakihi - Song of the Locust

for voice and guitar, 1m 50s

The Fairy Bridge

for voice and piano, 2m

The Fountain

for piano, 2m

The Lonely Land

for string orchestra, 2m

The Lord's Prayer

for SATB choir and piano, 2m

The Lord's Prayer

for SATB choir and organ, 2m

The Lost Hunter

for orchestra, 13m

The Moon's Gold Horn

for orchestra

The Poet Dreams

for piano

The Sacred Mountain

for piano quartet, 5m 40s

The Sacred Mountain

for orchestra, 5m

The Taniwha

for piano

There is a River

for voice and piano, 2m

Tribute to a Musician

for orchestra

Trio in A

for piano trio, 20m

Trio in C

for violin, cello and piano

Valse Triste

for piano quartet, 3m

Viola Concerto

for viola and orchestra

Viola Concerto 1910

for viola, harp and strings, 20m

Waiata Poi

for voice and piano, 2m 30s