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Overture: Aotearoa

for orchestra

Year:  1940   ·  Duration:  8m
Instrumentation:  2222;4230; timp, perc; strs.

Year:  1940
Duration:  8m
Instrumentation  2222;4230; timp, perc; strs.

Composer:   Douglas Lilburn

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About

Lilburn was a student when he wrote Overture: Aotearoa. It was premiered in 1940, as part of the New Zealand Centennial Matinee at His Majesty’s Theatre in London. Although it did not receive its New Zealand premiere until 1959 it has since received numerous performances and several recordings. Described as a work of "unabashed optimism", Lilburn noted that it had a, "freshness and exhilaration".


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one movement


Performance history

15 Apr 1940: Written for the New Zealand Centennial Matinee in London and first performed at His Majesty's Theatre, Haymarket, by the Sadlers Wells Orchestra conducted by Warwick Braithwaite

20 Nov 1979: Performed by the NZSO, conductor Michi Inoue

11 Oct 1997: Performed by the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Sewell, in Mansfield, Ohio, USA.

20 Nov 1998: Performed by the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Sewell, in Toledo, Ohio, USA.

14 Oct 2000: Performed by the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Sewell, in Wichita, Kansas, USA.

23 Feb 2008: CSO: Fantastique

28 Mar 2008: NZSO March: Wellington

04 Apr 2008: NZSO April: Auckland

09 Apr 2008: NZSO April: Dunedin

10 Apr 2008: NZSO April: Christchurch

05 Aug 2008: Contemporary Visions

28 Jun 2009: Wellington Chamber Orchestra concert

27 Mar 2010: The Great Outdoors

16 May 2010: WYO 50th Anniversary

19 Jun 2010: Sibelius

16 Sep 2010: “Kiwi Tracks” Air on Hawaii Public Radio

08 Nov 2010: Performed by The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and conducted by Pietari Inkinen, at Victoria Hall, in Geneva.

28 Jan 2011: Performed by the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra with conductor Grant Cooper

29 Jan 2011: Performed by the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra with conductor Grant Cooper

26 Mar 2011: Dvořák, Debussy and Lilburn - CSO

23 Mar 2012: Performed by the Opus Orchestra, conducted by Peter Walls, at the Gallagher Theatre, Hamilton.

24 Mar 2012: Performed by the Opus Orchestra, conducted by Peter Walls, at the Civic Theatre, Rotorua.

25 Mar 2012: Performed by the Opus Orchestra, conducted by Peter Walls, at the Great Lakes Centre, Taupo.

06 Feb 2014: NZSO National Youth Orchestra 2014 | Summer Concert (Wellington)

07 Feb 2014: NZSO National Youth Orchestra 2014 | Summer Concert (Napier)

21 Mar 2015: CSO | Sea to Sky

18 Jun 2015: APO: NZ Herald Premier Series | Enigma Variations

18 Oct 2015: Manawatu Sinfonia | Tchaikowsky and Lilburn

Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Hopkins

Performed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya

Performed by the NZBC Symphony Orchestra (now New Zealand Symphony Orchestra) conducted by John Hopkins

Performed by the New Zealand National Youth Orchestra conducted by Ashley Heenan in 1986

Performed by the New Zealand National Youth Orchestra 1975 conducted by Ashley Heenan

Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Young

Performed by the NHK Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Masahito Enkoji

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