18 Sep 2011

Douglas - Landscape of a New Zealand Composer - Episode 5

From Douglas: The Landscape of a New Zealand Composer, 2:00 pm on 18 September 2011
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Douglas Lilburn conducting his Cambridge Suite at the 1946 Cambridge Music School. Photograph taken between 26 January-2 February. Photographer unidentified. Alexander Turnbull Library collection.

The fifth episode, Hands, looks at the practical side of Douglas Lilburn the teacher, musician and mentor. His physical appearance and the onset of old age which affected his hearing, sight, and ability to play the piano.

Owen Jensen talks about Douglas's involvement with the Cambridge Summer Schools; Larry Pruden and Jenny McLeod talk about their experiences with Douglas the teacher; and Margaret Nielsen talks about the composer/performer relationship.

Douglas himself talks about teaching and giving something back to the medium; Chris Bourke describes Douglas's broadminded approach to music; and John Rimmer talks about the silences which were so much a part of Douglas's teaching and his music.