I can't find a NZ composers thread having checked Lethe's helpful index of threads and the search facility. So apologies if one already exists. If so I'll delete this one.
I already like the music of Douglas Lilburn (1915-2001) very much - or more specifically his earlier orchestral music and there is already a Lilburn thread. If you don't know him and like Sibelius and VW I'd strongly recommend symphonies 1-3, The Song of the Islands and the marvellous Aotearoa Overture. However, on a NZ composers compilation album I came across what I thought was a very fine work 'The Hanging Bulb' by a modern composer called Anthony Ritchie (born 1960). On the strength of this I looked him up and found that there are several symphonies by him plus other works on CD. 'The Hanging Bulb' is tonal but contemporary, reminding me in places of Copland's more modernist works. The symphonies have been very well reviewed on Musicweb and I've ordered symphonies 3 and 4. I just wonder if anyone out there knows his music. Also welcome any views on NZ composers - a country I'd love to visit one day:
Here (should the images appear) are some of the Ritchie CDs plus some of my favourite Lilburn releases: