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Gary Daverne

Composer, Performer

Born: 1939 Website  

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. Gary started his conducting career as musical director for many of the local Musical Theatre productions. 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. He held the official Government appointment as Music Director for the inaugural Waitangi Day Celebrations (1974) in presence of the British Royal Family.

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.

Today, Gary is known as an international composer and orchestral conductor, having conducted many of the world’s major orchestras, for his work with young people in children’s musical theatre and for support and giving young soloists the opportunity to perform in concert with a symphony orchestra - a direct result of him holding the NZ Department of Education, Composer in Schools position for two years.


Composed (123)

2 Plus 1 (Song of Peace)

for two accordions and piano, 3m 7s


2nd Rhapsody for Accordion and Orchestra

for solo accordion and orchestra


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 Jazz Burlesque

for solo accordion, 3m


A Pocket Overture

for orchestra, 9m 50s


A Pocket Overture

for accordion orchestra, 4m 36s


Alison

for solo accordion


Arabesque

for solo accordion, 5m


Auckland City of Sails

for solo accordion, 3m


Auckland March

for brass band


Auckland March

for orchestra


Auckland March

for accordion orchestra, 4m 42s


Auckland March

for two accordions


Ballade

for piano, 3m


Beetles and Bugs

for unison voices, keyboard and guitar


Cabbage

for piano


Caprice

for accordion ensemble, 8m


Cats of Ponsonby

a musical for children


Cobwebs

for voices and piano


Colours

for unison voices, keyboard and guitar


Concert Waltz

for solo accordion and string ensemble, 6m 25s


Daffodils

for piano, 3m 29s


Dardanalle

a rhapsody for orchestra and optional chorus


Duo Caprice

for two pianos, 9m


Eventi

for solo accordion, 3m


Fanfare and Procession

for orchestra, 3m


Five New Zealand Christmas Songs

for piano, with lyrics


For Sophia

for piano, 2m 52s


For the Academy

for orchestra, 8m


Gallipoli: Rhapsody for Trumpet and Orchestra

for solo trumpet and orchestra, 14m


Gallipoli: Rhapsody for Trumpet and Orchestra

for solo trumpet and wind orchestra, 15m 40s


Gem of the Kaipara

for solo accordion, strings and percussion, 10m


German Polka (for Gunther)

for solo accordion, 1m 56s


Ghosts of Alberton

for orchestra, 9m


Gypsy Girl (Diddikai)

a 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


Hokianga Hornpipe

for solo accordion, 3m 30s


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 solo accordion, 6m


Introduction and Toccata

for piano, 5m


Jeanette

for piano, 3m 29s


John Hobbs: A Man With a Mission

musical in two acts, 1h 20m


Kerb Drill

for voices and piano


Koriana

for solo accordion


Let the Moon Represent my Heart

for two accordions


Man that is Born of Woman

for choir and piano or orchestra, 4m


Maori Waiata (Songs of the Maori)

for voice and guitar/piano chords


Margarita

for two players


Margarita Revisited

for solo accordion with piano accompaniment, 2m 11s


Musical Party

for accordion orchestra, 7m


Musical Party

for solo accordion and concert orchestra, 7m


Novelette

for accordion duo, 4m


Novelette

for accordion and flute


Ode for Royce

for piano, 6m 47s


Panapa and The Floating Island

a musical for 8–10 year olds, 30m


Panapa and The Mountain Fairies

a musical for 8–12 yr olds, 25m


Playmobile

for voices and piano


Portrait of Ponsonby

caprice for orchestra, 9m


Reflections of Royce

for piano, 3m 30s


Rhapsody for Accordion and Band

arranged by Walter Kalischnig for solo accordion and band


Rhapsody for Accordion and Orchestra

for solo accordion and orchestra, 10m


Rhapsody for Orchestra

for orchestra


Rhapsody for Solo Accordion and Accordion Orchestra

for solo accordion and accordion orchestra


Robyn Hood: Outlaw Princess

a children's rock opera, 1h 40m


Rondo for Trombone and Band

arranged by Walter Kalischnig for solo trombone and band, 8m


Rondo for Trombone and Orchestra

for full orchestra, 8m


Scherzando

for accordion duo, 2m


Shopping Centre Suite

for solo accordion


Solitude

for piano, 1m 55s


Sonatina in C

for solo accordion, 5m


Sonatina in G

for solo accordion, 6m


Song of the Far North

for piano, 3m 30s


Song of the Far North

for solo accordion and piano, 5m 32s


Summertime Christmas

for choir and piano


Tango 130 (for Stephanie)

for solo accordion, 2m 55s


The Brothers Three

a 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 choir and orchestra


The New Zealand Song

for three-part choir


The New Zealand Song

for unison choir and piano, 3m


The Policeman's Hat

for voices and piano


The Silver Fern March

for orchestra


The Silver Fern March

for accordion orchestra


The Silver Fern March

for concert band


The Silver Fern March

for brass band


The Willow Song

for voice and piano


Theme and Variations

for solo accordion, 10m 50s


Three Songs Without Words

for solo accordion and orchestra, 11m


Three Songs Without Words

for solo accordion and piano, 11m


Tiddalik the Frog

a 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


Upper Harbour Retreat

for piano, 2m 14s


Valse Musette

for solo accordion


Valse Musette

for piano


Waiting for the Sandman

for unison voices, keyboard and guitar


Waltz for Stephanie

for solo accordion, 2m


Waltz for Stephanie

for solo accordion and string ensemble, 2m 15s


Who Was He?

for choir and orchestra


Who Was He?

for SSAB choir and keyboard


Wool

for piano


Young Jason

for piano, 1m 47s


Young Mozart

a musical for children, 30m


Youth of Auckland

a concert overture for orchestra, 11m


Youth of Auckland

arranged by Walter Kalischnig for symphonic band, 11m