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Vivienne Sands



Vivienne Sands, B.Mus (Hons), LRSM. Dip. Secondary Teaching, AIRMT, was born in Dunedin and educated at Otago Girls' High School. After graduating from Otago University she carried out post-graduate studies in composition, assisted by a two-year university travelling scholarship and New Zealand Government bursaries.

In Britain, she studied composition with Matyas Seiber and Lennox Berkeley, and piano with Lamar Crowson. An Italian Government bursary enabled further study in composition with Luigi Dallapiccola, and in electronic music with Franco Evangelisti.

On returning to New Zealand, she has taught both privately and in secondary schools, and currently has a private teaching practice in Taupo. Her compositions include works for piano, chamber ensembles, orchestra, and electronic media.

Vivienne's works include a string quartet, a Duo Incontri for two violins, musical arrangements and ballet music for a musical play Song for Sally, piano pieces for six hands, Three Tidal Preludes for piano, and an illustrated collection of graded performance pieces for piano and electronic keyboard, Stepping Up.

Composed (10)

Cat chasing flax

for piano

Nine Lives

for solo piano

Round The Clock

for piano six hands, 10m

Stepping Up

for piano and keyboard

Tangled Tango

for piano six hands, 2m

Tarantelle a trois

for piano six hands, 2m


a piano piece for six hands, 2m