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Birthday Disguises

for string orchestra

Year:  1968

Year:  1968

Composer:   Larry Pruden

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The score of Birthday Disguises is inscribed, “a patchwork diversion for the Lindsay String Orchestra’s 20th anniversary, stitched together in appreciation and affection by Larry Pruden”. The piece is a parodic collage of pieces from the Orchestra’s early repertoire, and an acknowledgement of the Orchestra’s support for a generation of New Zealand composers – the work includes quotations from Douglas Lilburn, and earlier works by Pruden himself. Birthday Disguises was premiered by the Orchestra, led by Ruth Pearl, at their anniversary concert in Wellington, in July 1968.

Commissioned note

Written to mark the twentieth birthday of the Alex Lindsay String Orchestra

Performance history

03 Jul 1968: Performed by the Alex Lindsay String Orchestra, led by Ruth Pearl, at the Wellington Town Hall as part of the orchestra's anniversary concert

07 Feb 1995: p: Birthday Disguises; NZCO, Armstrong 070295

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