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Victor Galway


Born: 1894 Died: 1960


Victor Galway (1894-1960) was born in Colchester, England, and emigrated as a youth to Australia, where he received his BMus and DMus (the university's first) from the University of Melbourne. In 1919 he moved with his wife to Dunedin, New Zealand, to serve as organist and choirmaster of the First Church of Otago. He remained there until 1939, when he was appointed organist and choirmaster of St. Paul's Cathedral. After becoming Dunedin City Organist in 1930, he was appointed the University of Otago's first 'Blair Professor of Music' (Galway's popular lectures at the university in the 1920s led to the establishment of its music department in 1925). Galway was a highly-trained musician, devoted to the English tradition of music education and was an influential figure in a pioneering period of New Zealand music.

Further information about Victor Galway can be found in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography

Composed (8)

Be Gentle, O Hands of a Child

for SATB choir, 3m

Grant, we beseech Thee

for SATB choir, 2m

I Heard a Linnet Courting

for two-part treble voices and piano

Laus Deo

for SATB choir and piano

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

for choir and organ, 3m

Magnificat in G

for SATB choir and organ with soprano or treble solo, 4m

Nunc Dimittis in G

for SATB or TrATB choir and organ, 2m

Psalm of the Seafarers

for SATB choir and piano