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Edwin Carr

Composer

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Born: 1926 Died: 2003

Biography

Edwin Carr was born in Auckland on August 10th 1926. He was educated at Otago Boys' High School from 1940 to 1943. Studied music at Otago University 1944–5 and Auckland University College 1946, degree unfinished. Attended the first Cambridge Summer Music School, 1946, with Douglas Lilburn as composition tutor. Travelled to England 1948, New Zealand Government Bursary to study composition at the Guildhall with Benjamin Frankel: much freelance work and travel. In 1954 a British Council scholarship enabled him to study under Petrassi in Rome. Also worked in Italy as musical director of an independent ballet company. In 1957 a further British Council Scholarship enabled him to study with Carl Orff in Munich.

Travelled back to New Zealand in 1958, staying there until 1960 teaching and composing. During the 1960s spent time in both Australia and England, composing, teaching and studying, several trips to New Zealand.

Was awarded the Mozart Fellowship at the University of Otago 1973–4. 1975–6 teacher of composition at the Sydney Conservatorium. 1976 return to London. Return to Australia 1977, part-time teaching at Sydney Conservatorium. 1984 return to NZ, freelance composing and conducting based in Taupo. 1991 shift to Waiheke Island where he remained active as a composer.

In 1999 he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Edwin Carr died at his home on Waiheke Island on the 27th March 2003.


Composed (118)

A Blake Cantata

for two-part children's choir and two pianos, 9m


Akarana

for orchestra


All'Espagnola

for piano


Alla marcia

for piano


An Easter Cantata

for two-part soprano choir and organ, 12m


An Easter Cantata

for two-part soprano choir, string orchestra and timpani, 12m


An Easter Cantata

for mezzo-soprano, two-part soprano choir, descant voices and organ, 12m


An Edith Sitwell Song Cycle

for mezzo-soprano, oboe and piano, 14m


Arikinui

for soprano and orchestra


Aubade

for clarinet and orchestra, 8m


Aubade

for clarinet and piano, 9m


Auckland '71

ode for male speaker, SATB chorus and orchestra, 12m


Concerto Balabile

for piano and orchestra


Concerto for Oboe

for oboe and orchestra


Doves of Peace

for piano, 7m


El Tango

for orchestra


Electra

for piano, percussion and orchestra


Elegie (Elegy)

for oboe and piano


Five Bagatelles

for piano, 12m


Five Fragments from The Song of Solomon

for female voice and piano


Five Pieces for Orchestra

for orchestra, 12m


Five Pieces for Piano

for piano, 11m


Five Wolfskehl Songs

for baritone and orchestra, 14m


Five Wolfskehl Songs

for baritone and piano, 14m


Four Pieces

for oboe d'amore, strings and harp, 10m


Four Pieces

for oboe d'amore (or oboe) and piano, 6m


Foxtrot from "Coup de Folie"

for piano duet, 3m


Foxtrot from "Coup de Folie"

for 2 pianos - 8 hands, 3m


Gaudeamus Overture

for orchestra, 10m


Harlequinade

for piano


In the Rangitaiki Valley

for SSATBB choir


In the Rangitaki Valley

for 2 pianos - 8 hands


Intermezzo

for piano


Lord Arthur Saville's Crime

comic opera in one act, 40m


Mardi Gras

for orchestra, 5m


Moderato Amabile

for piano


Nastasya

opera in three acts, 2h 15m


Ngataringa Nocturne and Scherzo

for oboe, oboe d'amore (or cor anglais) and piano


Night Music

scherzo for orchestra, 12m


No. 7

for piano


No. 8

for piano


O Soldier

for mezzo-soprano and viola


Octet

for wind octet


Organ Sonata

for organ, 12m


Out of Dark

for mezzo-soprano and piano


Out of Dark

for mezzo-soprano and orchestra, 14m


Pacific Festival Overture

for orchestra, 8m


Piano Concerto No. 1

for piano and orchestra, 20m


Piano Concerto No. 2

concerto for piano and orchestra, 20m


Piano Sonata No. 3

for piano, 13m


Poems for piano and orchestra

for piano and orchestra, 25m


Prelude and Aria

for oboe d'amore (or cor anglais) and piano, 6m 30s


Promenade

for orchestra, 18m


Quintet

for piano and string quartet, 12m


Revelations

for piano


Seven Elizabethan Lyrics

for SATB choir and orchestra, 14m


Seven Elizabethan Lyrics

for SATB choir and piano duet


Seven Mediaeval Lyrics

for SATB choir and orchestra, 19m


Seven Mediaeval Lyrics

for SATB choir and piano duet


Seven Waiheke Lyrics

for SATB choir and piano duet


Sinfonietta

for small orchestra, 17m


Six Studies

for string orchestra, 13m


Sonata

for solo violin, 12m


Sonata

for violin and piano, 17m


Sonata No. 1

for piano, 12m


Sonata No. 2

for piano, 11m


Sonatina

for piano, 8m


Sonatina di maggio

sonata for musette in F or E Flat (or oboe) and piano


Spring Wind in London

for SATB choir


String Quartet No. 1

for string quartet, 14m


Suite No. 1

for two pianos, 10m


Suite No. 2 - Four Dances from Electra

for two pianists and two percussionists


Suite No. 2 - Four Dances from Electra

for two pianos and optional percussion, 9m


Suite No. 3

for two pianos, 7m


Symphony No. 1

for orchestra, 17m


Symphony No. 2 (The Exile)

for orchestra, 34m


Symphony No. 3

for orchestra, 16m


Symphony No. 4

for orchestra, 25m


Taupo - Te Ao Marama (The Eye of the World)

for soprano solo, SATB choir and orchestra, 40m


Te Tau (The Seasons)

for piano, 14m


Te Tau (The Seasons)

for piano and piano duet, 14m


Ten Concert Studies

for piano, 23m


The End of the Golden Weather

for orchestra, 10m


The Four Elements

for two pianos, 12m


The Mayor's New Coat

for orchestra, 24m


The Maze of the Muses

opera in one act


The Ring

for SATB choir


The Sea Child

for SATB choir


The Snowmaiden

for orchestra, 25m


The Snowmaiden

for piano


The Song of Solomon

for vocal soloists, speaker, choir and orchestra, 55m


The Twelve Signs: An Astrological Entertainment

for orchestra (without strings), 28m


The White Notes

for piano


Three Love Songs

for high soprano and piano, 7m


Three Pieces

for cello and piano, 25m


Three Pieces

for bassoon


Three Shakespeare Songs

for mezzo-soprano and piano, 9m


Three Songs from Childhood

for mezzo-soprano and violin, 8m


Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano

for horn, violin and piano, 12m


Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano

for violin, cello and piano


Two Dances

for viola and piano


Two Mansfield Poems

for oboe d'amore (or cor anglais) and piano, 12m


Two Tableaux for Orchestra

for orchestra, 8m


Valse-caprice

for piano


Voices of the Air!

for SATB choir


Waiheke Island

for oboe consort, 13m


Waikato Song

for choir and orchestra


Waikato Song

for two pianos, soprano, contralto and choir


Winter Bird

for SATB choir



Resources (7)

Canzona 2001 vol 22 no 43

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Canzona 2003 vol 24 no 45

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Canzona 2004 vol 25 no 46

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Crescendo No. 64, April 2003

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Crescendo No. 71, August 2005

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