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David Farquhar

Composer, Arranger

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Born: 1928 Died: 2007

Biography

David Farquhar was born in Cambridge, New Zealand in 1928 but spent most of his early years in Fiji. He was educated in New Zealand and began his university studies in Christchurch before completing his degree at Victoria University in Wellington where he studied with Douglas Lilburn. He taught briefly at St Peters School, Cambridge, before going to Britain where he completed an MA at Cambridge University, and also studied composition with Benjamin Frankel at the Guildhall School of Music in London.

On his return to New Zealand he joined the staff of the Department of Music at Victoria University, and was made Professor of Music in 1976, retiring in 1993. He was the Founder-President of the Composers' Association of New Zealand in 1974 and was awarded their Citation for Services to New Zealand Music in 1984. From 1982 - 1995 he was a member of the Board of the New Zealand Composers' Foundation and is a Trustee of the Centre for New Zealand Music. In 2004 he was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to music. He has written numerous orchestral, choral, stage and instrumental works, songs and music for children, and has been recognised since the 1950s as being at the forefront of New Zealand composition.

David Farquhar died in Wellington, New Zealand in 2007.


Composed (184)

...And One Makes Ten

for piano, 10m


A Christmas with Carols

for SATB choir and narrator with organ, 31m


A Christmas with Carols

for SATB choir and narrator and orchestra, 31m


A Joyful Song

for piano


A Little Song-Suite

Three songs for high voice and piano, 8m


A Paire of Wings

For medium voice and piano, 3m


A Sad Song

for piano


A Unicorn For Christmas

an opera in three acts, 2h


ABC

for SATB choir, 7m


Anniversary Duets (first set)

for piano duet, 12m


Anniversary Duets (second set)

for piano duet, 13m


Anniversary Duos

for two guitars, 14m


Anniversary Suite No. 1

for orchestra, 15m


Anniversary Suite No. 2

for orchestra, 16m


Ariel's Song

for soprano, treble recorder and piano, 1m


Au clair de la Lune

for violin and piano, 1m


Auras

for solo piano with orchestra, 14m


Auras

for two pianos, 14m


Bachiana

for wind quintet, 12m


Bachiana No. 2

six chorale preludes from JS Bach's Little Organ book arranged for wind quintet, 10m


Bagpipe Music

for vocal sextet (SSATBB), 5m


Bells in their Seasons

for double choir and orchestra, 25m


Bethsabe's Song

For medium voice and piano, 3m


Beyond ...

for orchestra, 11m


Birthday Fanfare

for two trumpets and two horns, 2m


black, white and coloured: first set

five pieces for solo piano, 12m


black, white and coloured: fourth set

five pieces for piano, 12m


black, white and coloured: second set

five pieces for piano, 12m


black, white and coloured: third set

five pieces for piano, 12m


Blues and Pinks

a cycle of five songs for high voice and guitar, 13m


CANZ Box 4065

for three trumpets, 1m


Carols to Sing and Play

For voice and piano, 30m


Chaconne

for solo cello, 7m


Chap-Chap

for viola or violin and audience, 5m


Concerto

for guitar and chamber orchestra, 18m


Concerto for Six

for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, vibraphone and piano, 10m


Concerto for Wind Quintet

for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn, 17m


Concerto Sul "La"

for SATB choir, 4m


Contrapuncti

for piano, 26m


Dance

for piano


Dance Suite from "Ring Round the Moon"

for violin and piano, 19m


Dawn

microscore for mixed chamber ensemble, 1m


Divertimento

for brass ensemble (11 players), 9m


Double-Entendres

for piano duet, 9m


Duet

for guitar and sitar, 4m


Duet

for harmonica and guitar, 5m


Duet

for violin and guitar, 5m


earth, air, water...

for solo violin, 5m


Echoes

for solo violin, 1m


Echoes

for piano


Echoes and Reflections

for string orchestra, 14m


Eight Blake Songs

for baritone or mezzo-soprano and piano, 15m


Elegy

for string orchestra, 7m


Enchanted Island

an opera in three acts based on Shakespeare's "The Tempest", 1h 40m


Epithalamion Overture

for string orchestra, 7m


Equali

for two cellos, 14m


Equali

eight duos for two violins, 13m


Evocation

for orchestral violins, 8m


Exchanges

for guitar quartet, 8m


Falling Asleep

for medium voice and piano, 3m


Festival Te Deum

for SATB choir and organ, 7m


Finale from "Ring Round the Moon" Suite

arranged for brass quintet, 1m


Five Scenes

for guitar, 11m


Five Shakespeare Songs

for SSA choir, 8m


Five Songs of e e cummings

A cycle of five songs for baritone, 10m


Fives

for 5 dancers and 5 instruments, 13m


For Harry

for viola, guitar and double bass, 3m


Four Janet Frame Songs

for medium voice and piano, 11m


Four Socratic Dialogues

duets for 2 guitars (one easy part), 9m


Harlequin Overture

for orchestra, 7m


Hesitating

for piano


Homage to Stravinsky

for 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 2 trumpets and 2 trombones, 7m


Homage to Stravinsky

for brass quintet, 7m


I Sing of a Maiden

carol for unaccompanied SATB choir, 2m


In Black and White

two easy pieces for piano, 2m


In Despite Of Death

A song cycle for baritone and piano, 15m


Inside-Out

for piano duet and 2 percussionists, 10m


Jubilate Deo

for trebles voices (or solo soprano), SATB choir and organ, 3m


Lines from the Beach House

for medium voice and piano, 3m


Lullaby

for medium voice and piano, 3m


Magpies and other Birds

For vocal quartet, 8m


March

for solo clarinet and string orchestra, 4m


March and Musette

for violin and piano, 1m


Mexicana

for orchestra


Moonshine

suite for small orchestra, 15m


Musette

for solo guitar, 2m


Noone and Anyone

for vocal sextet, 8m


Now is the Hour

arrangement for wind quintet, 3m


O Captain Cook!

musical based on Giradoux play, 2h


O Come All Ye Faithful

arranged for violin and piano, 1m


Obsessions

three pieces for treble recorder, 6m


Ode

for piano, 10m


Off-beat

eight piano pieces, 12m


On the Swag

for unaccompanied SATB choir, 2m


Ostinato

for gamelan, 2m


Palindrome

for flute and tape, 4m


Palinthalamion

for two equal voices or instruments, 5m


Partita

for piano, 7m


Passio

for voices, brass, woodwind and percussion


Piano Trio: Woven Strands

for violin, cello and piano, 14m


Polka and Finale from "Ring round the Moon"

arranged for concert band, 3m


Prayer before Birth

for narrator, SSA and organ, 5m


Prospero Dreaming

for solo guitar, 8m


Psalm 29

for SATB choir and organ, 4m


Reflections on Three Japanese Songs

for string quartet, 3m


Remembrance of Things Past

four Shakespeare sonnets for high voice and piano, 10m


Ring Round the Moon: A Waltz Suite

for string orchestra, 10m


Ring Round the Moon: Dance Suite

for small orchestra, 19m


Romance

for violin and piano, 5m


Romanza

for small orchestra, 2m


Rorate Coeli

for unaccompanied SATB choir, 2m


Scenes and Memories

for violin, piano and percussion, 17m


Scherzo

for orchestra, 10m


Serenade

for wind quartet, 12m


Shadow

a one-act opera for soprano, tenor, baritone and bass and ensemble, 35m


Sighing

for piano


Sing unto the Lord a New Song

for narrator and SATB choir, 5m


Six Songs of Women

For soprano and piano, 16m


Sixes

six short pieces for solo piano, 12m


Smile My Weeping

For medium voice and piano, 3m


Sonatina

for solo piano, 8m


Spirituals in black and white

for solo piano, 7m


Suite

for solo cello, 15m


Suite

for solo guitar, 14m


Swan Songs

a song cycle for baritone and guitar, 13m


Swinging

for piano


Symphony No. 1

for orchestra, 23m


Symphony No. 2

for orchestra, 29m


Take Thou This Rose

For medium voice and piano, 3m


Telephonic 10: Postlude

for piano, 2m


Telephonic12: Fanfares

for piano, 2m


Telephonics

set of nine piano pieces, 16m


The Islands

song cycle for SATB choir, 8m


The King's Aria

for tenor and orchestra


The Leaden Echo and The Golden Echo.

for solo soprano, SATB choir and small orchestra, 13m


The Librarian's Wife

For medium voice and piano, 3m


The Score

21 songs for voices and piano with optional instrumental parts, 2m


The Uses of Adversity

a chamber opera, 15m


Three Bagatelles

for piano, 7m


Three Canonic Bagatelles

for piano, 1m


Three Children's Songs

For unison voices and piano, 6m


Three Cilla McQueen Songs

for mezzo-soprano and piano, 10m


Three Echoes

for piano, 6m


Three for Two

three pieces for clarinet with guitar, 10m


Three Horn Duos

for 2 french horns, 4m


Three Improvisations

for piano, 6m


Three Lullabies

for piano, 6m


Three Medieval Carols

for soprano and piano, 12m


Three Nursery Rhymes

for unaccompanied SATB choir, 4m


Three of a Kind

nursery rhymes arr. for SATB choir, 5m


Three Pieces

for solo double bass, 10m


Three Pieces for Violin and Piano

for violin and piano, 12m


Three Scots Ballads

song cycle for baritone and orchestra, 10m


Three Scots Ballads

for baritone and piano, 11m


Three Studies

for piano, 7m


Three Tudor Dances

for small orchestra, 6m


Twelve Traditionals

twelve traditional songs with no-too-hard piano versions, 2m


Twentyfive

for trumpet and piano, 2m


Variations on a Theme by Douglas Lilburn

Theme and variations for solo piano


Waiata Maori

for SATB choir, 10m


Walking on my Feet

for voices, instruments and piano, 2m


Where have all the whitebait gone?

a song for children, 2m


Why not?

for unison voices (with optional extra voices) and piano (or guitar), 2m


Wild Iron

a sprechstimme for children with classroom percussion, 2m


Wild Iron

for medium voice and piano, 3m


Winter wakeneth all my Care

for unaccompanied SATB, 2m


Writing on the Sand

for mezzo-soprano and violin, 9m



Arranged (1)

Desdemona's Song

arranged by David Farquhar for solo guitar from Lilburn's music for " The poor soul sat sighing by a sycamore tree.." composed for Ngaio Marsh's production of Shakespeare's "Othello", 1m