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Alfred Hill (1869-1960) Grand Old Man of Oz
« on: November 28, 2015, 12:59:49 AM »
Technically an Aussie, but he was raised in New Zealand and considered himself a Kiwi.

His output ran over 2,000 pieces - not all of his manuscripts have been located, and Hill didn't keep proper notes and didn't assign opus numbers, so even dating this leviathanesque output would be impossible.  Obviously, the great majority of that heap of compositions will not be much more than exercises - it would be necessary to sort the wheat from the chaff.

He wrote 12 symphonies, concertos, smaller orchestral works.
His chamber output includes 17 string quartet pieces, as well as a septet, six violin sonatas, a piece for cello & violin, etc.
He composed operas and film music.

He had met Tchaikovsky and Richard Straus, and Brahms and Dvorak, being a student of the latter.  His long life spanned Romanticism and Modernism.

He was a proponent of composers from "down under" and was fascinated by NZ's Maori people.

In 1887, Hill traveled to Germany to study at the Leipzig Conservatory.
He returned to NZ in 1892, but relocated to Sydney, Australia in 1911.
He married two times, the second was to a composer in her own right, Mirrie Solomon Hill.
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Re: Alfred Hill (1869-1960) Grand Old Man of Oz
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2015, 06:43:24 AM »
Chamber                                                                                 Orchestral
=======                                                                            ===============
String Quartet No.1 in Bb ("Maori")                                           Symphony Nr.1  'Maori'  (1900)   
String Quartet No.2 in g ("A Maori Legend in Four Scenes")         Trumpet Concerto  (1915)   
String Quartet No.3 in a ("The Carnival")                                   Symphony Nr.2  'Joy of Life'  (1941)
String Quartet No.4 in c                                                           Viola Concerto  (1940) 
String Quartet No.6 in G, ('The Kids')                                        Symphony Nr.3  'Australia'  (1951) 
String Quartet No.8 in A                                                           Symphony Nr.4  'Pursuit of Happiness'  (1955) 
String Quartet No.5 in Eb, 'The Allies' (1920)                             Violin Concerto  (1932)   
String Quartet No.7 in A   (1934)                                              Symphony Nr.5  'Carnival'  (1955)   
String Quartet No.9 in a (1935)                                                Piano Concerto  (1941)   
String Quartet No.11 in d                                                         Symphony Nr.6  'Celtic'  (1956)   
String Quartet No.10 in E  (1935)                                             Horn Concerto  (1947)   
Life Quintet, for Piano & Strings  (1912)                                    Symphony Nr. 7 in e  (1956) 
String Quartet No.12 in E  (1936)                                             Symphony Nr.8 in A (for strings) 'The Mind of Man'  (1957)   
String Quartet No.13 in Eb  (1936)                                           Symphony Nr.9 in E (for strings)  'Melodious'  (1958)   
String Quartet No.14 in b                                                        Symphony Nr.10 in C  'Short' (1958)
Wind Septet (1950)                                                                 Symphony Nr.11 in A
Sonata in b for Cello & Piano                                                    Symphony Nr.12 in E  'The Four Nations' (1959?)
6 Sonatas for Violin & Piano                                                     Tone Poem 'Sacred Mountain'
Piece for Camp Fiddler, for Violin                                              Tone Poem 'As Night Falls'
Gavotte, for Cello                                                                   'A Reverie' for orchestra
Dancing Fawn, for Flute & Piano                                               Tribute to a Muscian
The Pipes of Pan, for Oboe & Piano                                           Regrets, for orchestra
Sonata in A, for Clarinet & Piano                                              Tone Poem  'The Moon's Golden Horn'  (1951)
Sonata for Cornet & Piano                                                       Tone Poem  'The Lost Hunter'
Sonata in A for Cello & Piano                                                   March of the Victors, for brass band
Piano Quartet 'The Sacred Mountain'                                        When the Empire Calls, for concert band
Sextet                                                                                   A Woodland Serenade
Fanfare for brass & percussion                                                 A Tale of Other Days
Little Suite, for 2 violins & 2 violas                                          Scenes from Mooriland
Andantino, for string trio                                                        Overture in C
Six Duets for Violin & Cello                                                     The Isles of Greece
Scherzo, for string trio                                                           Australian Fleet March
Adagio, for Harp & String Quartet                                           The White Flame, for Harp and Strings
Trio in C, for Piano, 2 Violins & Viola                                       A Tale of the Sea
String Quartet No.15 in a  (1937)                                            Welcome Overture  (1949)
String Quartet No.16 in Bb 'Celtic'  (1938)                                Commemorative Ode  (1906)
String Quartet No.17 in C  (1938)                                            Air Varie, for violin & orchestra
                                                                                            The Weary Wayfarer
                                                                                            The Satyr
                                                                                             Maori Rhapsody
                                                                                             Serenade for Horn & Strings
                                                                                             Waltz Caprice    (1942) 
                                                                                             Marche Militaire 

Keyboard
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72 pieces for Piano (minitures)
Albumleaf for organ
As Night Falls for organ
Chorale and Fugue for organ
Her Passing for organ
In Praise of Art for organ

Opera
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Auster
Don Quixote
Giovanni
Lady Dolly  (1900)
A Moorish Maid  (1905)
The Rajah of Shivapore
The Ship of Heaven
Tapu  (1903)
Teora  (1928)
The Whipping Boy

Film Music & Ballet
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The Devil's Disciple
The Minstrel
Rewi's Last Stand  (1939)
Forty Thousand Horsemen
The Broken Melody

This is a very partial (incomplete) list.
« Last Edit: November 30, 2015, 12:59:22 AM by Scion7 »
The Germans, who make doctrines out of everything, deal with music learnedly; the Italians, being voluptuous, seek in it lively, though fleeting, sensations; the French, more vain than perceptive, manage to speak of it wittily; and the English pay for it . . . - Stendhal