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Gary Daverne

Composer, Publisher

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Born: 1939 Website  External link

Biography

As a composer, Gary has composed music for symphony orchestras, brass and military bands, children’s songs and musicals, Māori Waiata, more than 500 television and radio advertising jingles, film soundtracks and many pop songs. Gary is New Zealand's most prolific composer and arranger of music for the accordion. His compositions and arrangements are published and performed regularly worldwide.

Gary is an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (1996), an International Paul Harris Fellow (2004) and a Companion of North Shore City (2010). Other awards include: Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes (CIA), Honoured Friend of the Accordion Award (2009), New Zealand Variety Artists Club Scroll of Honour (2000) and their prestigious Benny Award (2010).

He currently holds the position of Music Director Emeritus of the Auckland Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra he founded in 1975. He directed and conducted his orchestra with dedication and passion, for 35 years, retiring in 2010, handing his legacy over to a younger maestro.
As an international conductor, Gary has conducted major orchestras in twenty different countries throughout Europe, South East Asia, the United States of America and Australasia.

Gary grew up on Auckland’s North Shore, attending Takapuna Grammar School, Auckland University and Auckland Teacher’s Training College, graduating as a secondary school teacher in economics and accounting. He was Head of Commerce at a leading Auckland College, before joining the music industry full time, combining his commercial skills with his musical talent and becoming well respected as a musical arranger for television, writing for many of the ‘popular’ TV shows of the day.

In his early years, during the 60’s, Gary was a Rock ‘n’ Rolla, playing piano and saxophone in top rock bands. He also played clarinet and percussion in the youth orchestras, brass and dance bands and pit orchestras for the local amateur musical theatre productions. He became a very successful record producer during the early 60’s, achieving gold and platinum hit records on his own Viscount record label, which he still operates today.


Composed (94)

A Jazz Burlesque

for string orchestra, 3m


A Jazz Burlesque

for accordion trio, 3m


A Jazz Burlesque

for accordion orchestra, 3m


A Jazz Burlesque

for piano, 3m


A Man With a Mission

opera in two acts, 1h 20m


A Musical Party

for accordion orchestra, 7m


A Musical Party

for accordion and orchestra, 7m


A Pocket Overture

for orchestra, 9m 50s


Arabesque

for piano


Arabesque

for accordion, 5m


Auckland City of Sails

for accordion, 3m


Auckland March

for brass band


Auckland March

for orchestra


Ballade

for piano, 3m


Beetles and Bugs

for unison voices, keyboard and guitar


Cabbage

for piano


Caprice

for six accordions, 8m


Cobwebs

for voices and piano


Colours

for unison voices, keyboard and guitar


Concert Waltz

for accordion and string orchestra


Duo Caprice

for two pianos, 9m


Eventi

for accordion, 3m


Fanfare and Procession

for orchestra, 3m


Five New Zealand Christmas Songs

for piano, with lyrics


For the Academy

for orchestra, 8m


Gallipoli

for trumpet and orchestra, 14m


Gallipoli

for trumpet and wind orchestra, 15m 40s


Gem of the Kaipara

for accordion, strings and percussion, 10m


Ghosts of Alberton

for orchestra, 9m


Gypsy Girl (Diddikai)

musical story for children, 35m


Happy Birthday Mozart

for piano, 3m


Have a Happy, Happy Birthday

for unison voices, keyboard and guitar


Highbury Grove

for orchestra, 12m


Home Coming

for chamber orchestra and voice


How about Singing

for unison voices, keyboard and guitar


I Love Walking in the Rain

for unison voices, keyboard and guitar


I went to windy Wellington

for voices and piano


I will Light a Fire

for SAB choir and orchestra, 4m


I'm a little floppy doll

for voices and piano


If We had Lots of Money

for unison voices, keyboard and guitar


Introduction and Toccata

for accordion, 6m


Introduction and Toccata

for piano, 5m


Kerb Drill

for voices and piano


Koriana

for accordion


Man that is Born of Woman

for choir and piano or orchestra, 4m


Maori Waiata (Songs of the Maori)

for voice and guitar


Novelette

for accordion duo, 4m


Panapa and The Floating Island

musical for 8–10 year olds, 30m


Panapa and The Mountain Fairies

musical for 8–12 yr olds, 25m


Playmobile

for voices and piano


Portrait of Ponsonby

caprice for orchestra, 9m


Rhapsody for Accordion and Band

arranged by Walter Kalischnig for accordion and band


Rhapsody for Accordion and Orchestra

for accordion and orchestra, 10m


Rhapsody for Solo Accordion and Accordion Orchestra

for solo accordion and accordion orchestra


Robyn Hood: Outlaw Princess

children's rock opera, 1h 40m


Rondo for Trombone and Band

arranged by Walter Kalischnig for trombone and band, 8m


Rondo for Trombone and Orchestra

for full orchestra, 8m


Scherzando

for accordion duo, 2m


Second Rhapsody for Accordion and Orchestra

for accordion and orchestra


Shopping Centre Suite

for accordion


Sonatina in C

for accordion, 5m


Sonatina in G

for accordion, 6m


The Brothers Three

musical for 7–10 year olds, 30m


The Day of Aranga (The Awakening)

for unison voices (with descant) and orchestra, 3m


The Day of Aranga (The Awakening)

for unison voices (with descant) and piano


The Love for Pooh Bear

for voices and piano


The New Zealand Song

for unison voices and orchestra


The New Zealand Song

for three-part choir


The New Zealand Song

for voice and piano, 3m


The Policeman's Hat

for voices and piano


The Silver Fern March

for orchestra


The Silver Fern March

for accordion orchestra


Theme and Variations

for accordion, 10m 50s


Three Songs Without Words

for accordion and orchestra, 11m


Three Songs Without Words

for accordion and piano, 11m


Tiddalik the Frog

musical for 8–10 year olds, 20m


Tip Top Time

for unison voices, keyboard and guitar


Tribal Ritual

for orchestra with Pacific Island drums, 10m


Valse Musette

for accordion


Valse Musette

for piano


Waiting for the Sandman

for unison voices, keyboard and guitar


Waltz for Stephanie

for accordion, 2m


Waltz for Stephanie

for accordion and string orchestra, 2m 15s


Who Was He?

for choir and orchestra


Who Was He?

for SSAB choir and keyboard


Wool

for piano


Young Mozart

musical for children, 30m


Youth of Auckland

concert overture for orchestra, 11m


Youth of Auckland

arranged by Walter Kalischnig for symphonic band, 11m



Recordings (8)

Gary Daverne: Jingles

Nz recordings other genres


Gary Daverne: Rhapsody

Audio/visual


Gary Daverne: The Other Side

Nz recordings other genres


Music Vaults - Volume One

Nz recordings other genres