With an output of over eighty works, John Ritchie was a key figure of twentieth century New Zealand music. "I have flown Spitfires, I have conducted symphony orchestras. I've been presented to the Queen and scored an Albatross at golf... I spent my 60th birthday with the Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera, in a Budapest hotel drinking innumerable toasts to each other and Bela Bartok whose centenary we were celebrating. I knew Malcolm Arnold, William Walton and novelist Anthony Burgess. In other words, I have got around." This address is a fascinating insight into the general and musical context for the inspiration to John Ritchie's music, while also examining the position of the New Zealand composer in today's society.
Massey University Composer Address 1995
18 p. ; 21 cm.
John Ritchie 1995
Massey University Music