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A music of our own, Peter Walls

Douglas Lilburn, Memories of Early Years and Other Writings
Robert Hoskins (ed)
Steele Roberts, $40.00,
ISBN 9781927242476

This is the Lilburn centenary year. Concerts are being branded with a special logo – a way of marking the pivotal contribution that Douglas Lilburn made to musical life in Aotearoa New Zealand. The publication of his Memories of Early Years and Other Writings, edited by Robert Hoskins, is thus timely. This volume has a commemorative feel, with its fine reproductions of paintings by Rita Angus and Evelyn Page and historic photographs (albeit on a more restricted scale than Philip Norman’s monumental 2006 study, Douglas Lilburn: His Life and Music).

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Worth playing, Samantha Owens

A Search for Tradition and a Search for Language Douglas Lilburn Lilburn Residence Trust, $24.99, ISBN 9780473183790   When Douglas Lilburn died at his Thorndon home in June 2001 at the age of 85, numerous obituaries, published both here and

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A troubled solitary, Peter Russell

Douglas Lilburn: His Life and Music Philip Norman Canterbury University Press, $55.00, ISBN 1877257176 What serious music-lover can imagine the world without Bach? Yet we might easily not have had him. For Johann Sebastian was the last of eight children,

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