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David Farquhar

Among New Zealand’s most widely respected composers, David Farquhar was created in 1928 and attended Victoria University or college, Cambridge University or college, and Guildhall College of Music and Episode where he studied with Benjamin Frankel. He offers written symphonic functions, opera, theatre music (especially for a creation of Christopher Fry’s Band Across the Moon, a translation from the play by Jean Anouilh), an award-winning piano concerto, and chamber music. His Symphony of 1959 could very well be his best-known function. It was a brief work composed of low fat but solid lines of gradually developing musical materials in the original three-movement form. Clearness of orchestration and purity of tonal framework are earmarks of the composer’s elegant and smart design. The Symphony was documented by the brand new Zealand Symphony Orchestra, executed by Eric Lawson, on the Peerless/Oryz LP released in the middle-’60s (Oryx 1900).

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