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Ross Harris

Composer, Performer, Presenter

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Born: 1945 Website  External link

Biography

Arts laureate, Ross Harris is one of New Zealand’s leading composers. He has written more than two hundred compositions including opera, symphonic music, chamber music, klezmer and electronic music. He has been a finalist in the prestigious SOUNZ Contemporary Award more times than any other New Zealand composer and won the award four times.

Harris received a QSM in 1985 for his opera Waituhi with libretto by Witi Ihimaera, the CANZ Citation for Services to New Zealand Music in 1990 and the CANZ Trust Fund Award in 2016.. His major works include six string quartets, six symphonies, a violin concerto (premiered by Anthony Marwood in 2010) and a cello concerto (premiered by Li-Wei Qin in 2012). The symphonies and the concertos are available on the Naxos Label.

His collaborations with poet Vincent O’Sullivan have produced two operas, two symphonies, three song cycles and Requiem for the Fallen. One of the song cycles The Abiding Tides (for soprano Jenny Wollerman and the New Zealand String Quartet) was described by music critic Rod Biss as “…a work that instantly enriched our heritage of New Zealand music”. His Requiem for the Fallen (2014) has been described as “a devastating commentary on the ravages of war.” and “This was a never-to-be-forgotten experience for all who attended.


Composed (144)

"God, pity us poor soldiers"

for koauau and strings, 5m


...and the final sky

for SATB choir, 5m


...of memory...

for orchestra, 14m


A Path To Memory

for piano


Aria

for piano, 3m


Aria for Solo Viola and Strings

for viola and strings


Arms and the Boy

for vocal trio


Arquebus

for tuba and piano, 4m


As though there were no God

for orchestra, 18m


At the Edge of Silence

for chamber quintet, 11m


Audi Caelum

for three sopranos and four cellos, 7m


Ave Maris Stella

for SSAATTBB choir


Black Ice

for orchestra, vocal soloists and chorus


Brass Poppies

1h 10m


Bremner Aria

for trombone and brass band, 6m


Canticle

for soprano, violin, cello and piano


Canticle

for mezzo-soprano, flute, clarinet and piano, 2m


Cento

for orchestra, 10m 40s


Chaconne for Solo Viola

for viola, 8m


Chamber Concerto

for piano, winds and percussion, 12m


Chant

for piano, 9m


Concertino for piano and strings

for piano and strings, 12m


Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra

for cello and orchestra


Contours

for horn and piano, 7m


contra-music

for contrabassoon and mixed chamber ensemble


Contramusic

for winds and percussion, 5m


Dreams, Yellow Lions

for baritone and chamber ensemble, 20m


Duo

for violin and cello, 7m


Echo

for trumpet and tape delay system, 10m


Eight Duets for French Horns

for two french horns


Etude (Waves)

for piano


Face

for orchestra, soprano, tenor, bass-baritone and chorus, 40m


Farbenkt (Nostalgic)

for klezmer band


Fault Lines

for brass quintet, 3m 2s


Fjärran

for clarinet and string quartet


Fluchtig

for flute and tape, 6m


Four Laments for Solo Clarinet

for clarinet, 7m 33s


Games Affair Suite

for tape, 8m


Ghost Dances (String Quartet No.2)

for string quartet, 13m


Haiku

for electronics, 5m


Harmonicity

for electronics, 8m


Horizons

for tape, 7m


Horn Call on Makara Cliff

for horn and tape, 8m


Icon

for oboe and piano, 5m


In Memory G.B.

for bassoon and piano, 5m


Incantation

for soprano and tape, 8m


Inharmonicity

for piano and tape, 10m


Jazz Suite for Wind Quintet

for wind quintet


Ka wawara te hau...

for flute and piano, 11m


Klezmer Trio

for string trio, 6m


Koan

for electronics, 10m


Konen (Rounds)

for klezmer band


Labyrinth for Tuba and Orchestra

for tuba and orchestra, 11m


Lament - Butrymonys

for horn, 5m


Lament for Natural Horn

for natural horn


Lines and Circle

for two clarinets, 3m


Minor

for klezmer band


Moler (Painter)

for klezmer band


Mosaic (Water)

for electronics, 7m


Mozaic: You Must Remember This?

for two pianos, 8m


Music for Jonny

for string orchestra, 8m


Music for Solo Cello

for cello, 5m


Music for Trombone

for trombone


Music for Two Guitars

for two guitars, 7m


Narish (Silly)

for klezmer band


Nga Manu

for piano


Nocturne

for violin and piano, 7m


Ornamental Gorse

for baritone and piano


Paoro (to echo)

for solo trumpet


Passio

for voices, brass, woodwinds and percussion


Piano Fragments

for piano, 8m


Piano Piece 1987

for piano, 5m


Piano Piece for JR

for piano, 3m


Piano Quintet

for two violins, viola, cello and piano


Piano Trio

for piano trio, 15m


Poem

for tape, 7m


Prelude

for piano, 2m


Reflections

for horn and piano, 7m


Requiem for the Fallen

for tenor, SATB choir, taonga puoro, bass drum and string quartet


Ricochet

for three percussionists, 8m


Senryu

for piano trio


Seven Haiku

for soprano, guitar, harp and accordion


Shadow Music

for tape, 8m


Shpasik (Funny)

for klezmer band


Shtiklekh (Morsel)

for flute/piccolo, soprano saxophone and piano


Silence Greets the Dawn

for vocalising percussionist, 6m


Sinfonietta

for string orchestra, 13m


Skymning

for computer generated tape, 7m


Sleep O Beloved

for four female voices and percussion, 15m


Spirals

for electronics, 12m


St Stephen's Chorale and Variations

for organ, three trumpets and three trombones


String Quartet

for string quartet, 10m


String Quartet No. 5 (Songs from Childhood)

for string quartet, 9m 30s


Sunt lacrimae rerum

for cello and piano


Symphony No. 1

for orchestra


Symphony No. 2

for mezzo-soprano and orchestra, 31m


Symphony No. 3

for orchestra with accordion, 40m


Symphony No. 5

for alto voice and orchestra


Symphony No. 6, "Last Letter"

for mezzo-soprano and orchestra


Syndrum

for electronics, 7m


Te Moanapouri

for cor anglais, harp and string orchestra, 7m


The Abiding Tides

for string quartet and soprano, 21m 59s


The Floating Bride, The Crimson Village

for soprano and orchestra, 18m


The Floating Bride, the Crimson Village

for soprano and piano, 18m


The Hills of Time

for orchestra, 12m


The Sleep of Reason....

for chamber sextet, 10m


There may be light

for clarinet, violin, cello and piano


Three Rilke Songs

for soprano, clarinet and harp, 10m


Three Sandcastle Songs

for voice and piano


To a Child

for tape, 12m


To the memory of I.S. Totzka

for soprano and chamber nonet, 20m


Trees

for SSAA choir


Trio

for flute, viola and harp, 6m


Trombone Opera

for trombone and mixed chamber ensemble


Variation

for piano, 13m


Variation 25 (String Quartet No. 4)

for string quartet, 8m


Violin Concerto No. 1

for violin and orchestra, 23m 30s


Vocalise

for electronics, 12m


Voglenish (Wandering)

for klezmer band


Wananga i te rangi

for tape, 20m


Wild Daisies

for mezzo-soprano and piano, 8m


Zikorn

for klezmer band


Zukhenish (Searching)

for klezmer band



Resources (79)

Canzona 2005 vol 26 no 47 - JOURNAL

Commentary or analysis


Canzona October 1981 Vol 3 no 9

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Ross Harris' works for string quartet

Commentary or analysis


The Kugels - CD

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