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Wed 2 Nov 2016, 6:00pm–7:00pm

Where: National Library of New Zealand, 70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Joan McCracken

For this year’s Lilburn Lecture, the acclaimed composer Jenny McLeod surveys her life's work and experience in relation to her friend Douglas Lilburn's manifestos of New Zealand musical identity, A Search for Tradition (1946) and A Search for a Language (1969).

Jenny McLeod began her music studies at Victoria University Music Department in 1961, under Douglas Lilburn, going on to study in Europe with Messiaen, Boulez, and Stockhausen. Her works include the epic music-theatre pieces Earth and Sky (1968), based on the traditional Māori creation myth, and Under the Sun (1971). Having been appointed as a junior lecturer at Victoria University, Jenny became Professor of Music and Head of Department from 1971 to 1976.

Jenny has since travelled and been a freelance composer, developing a strong relationship with Ngāti Rangi at Ohakune. In 1997, she received the Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, and in 2008 was awarded the Composers’ Association of New Zealand’s KBB Citation for Services to New Zealand Music.

The annual Lilburn Lectures are a collaboration between the Lilburn Trust and the Alexander Turnbull Library. This year’s Lilburn Lecture will be the fourth in this series of open public talks. Refreshments will be served following the Lecture.

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