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Landfall in Unknown Seas

for string orchestra and narrator

Year:  1942   ·  Duration:  18m

Year:  1942
Duration:  18m

Composer:   Douglas Lilburn

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Performed by Elric Hooper (narrator) and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marc Taddei on 17 May 2003

Douglas Lilburn: Landfall i...

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Performed by Bruce Mason (narrator) and the NZSO conducted by Sir Charles Groves on 2 November 1972

Douglas Lilburn: Landfall i...

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Upbeat Interview with Jack ...

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Commissioned note

Written with Allen Curnow to commemorate tercentenary of discovery of NZ by Tasman.

Text note

Text by Allen Curnow

Performance history

21 Sep 1963: Performed by Smithells (narrator) and the Dunedin Concert Orchestra, with conductor Professor P. Platt, this concert was presented by the City of Dunedin Choir

02 Nov 1972: Performed by the NZBCSO, conducted by John Ritchie, narrator Bruce Mason

17 May 2003: Performed by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marc Taddei, narrator Elric Hooper

27 May 2007: Performed by the Auckland Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Peter Scholes

27 May 2007: The Music of Words

14 Oct 2007: Performed by the Camerata Strings, conducted by Rupert Bond

29 May 2009: Made in New Zealand: 2009

24 May 2015: Auckland Chamber Orchestra | ACO1

Performed by the NZSO New Zealand Chamber Orchestra directed by Donald Armstrong withSir Edmund Hillary (narrator) in October 1993

Performed by the Alex Lindsay String Orchestra directed by Alex Lindsay with Allen Curnow (narrator)

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