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Denise Hulford

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Biography

Denise Hulford, born in Christchurch, NZ, was educated at Selwyn College in Auckland. She studied privately with Ernest Empson (Christchuch), Henry Shirley and Patrick Towsey (Auckland). In addition to her study of the piano, Hulford was intensely interested in the voice and studied with Joan Howard-Jones, Emily Mair, Beatrice Webster and Dorothy Hopkins. In 1982 she graduated with a Bachelor of Music from Victoria University, Wellington. As part of this degree, the study of Music Education with Elizabeth Kerr in 1980 involved the first taste of composition, and from this time on composition became an important part of Hulford's musical life.

In 1985, after studying with John Rimmer at Auckland University, she completed her M.Mus (Hons) in composition. June 1992 saw her travelling to London to study composition with Professor Glasser, recently retired Head of Music Department, Goldsmiths College, University of London. In 1996 Hulford retired from The Composers' Association of New Zealand after serving the organisation for six years as President. In the same year she also retired from the Board of the NZ Music Centre Ltd. after a six year term. She remains committed to the promotion of New Zealand music both nationally and internationally.


Composed (25)

A prayer for the twenty-first century woman

for bass clarinet, bassoon and 2 violoncellos, 15m


Alone

for contralto and piano, 1m


Before the Stars begin to Shine

for cello and timpani, 7m


Before the Stars Begin to Shine

for cello and timpani


Bold as Brass

for brass quintet, 15m


Cantata: A Disciple Dreams

for soprano, tenor, flute, cello, organ and SATB chorus, 18m


Christmas Bells

for choir, tenor saxophone and piano, 15m


Dreams

for mezzo-soprano and flute, 3m


Encore

for SATB choir and piano, 3m


Evanescence

for flute, bamboo flute and bassoon, 4m


Evolution

for narrator/tenor and orchestra, 18m


Fascicle

for clarinet, trumpet and cello, 9m


Five Haiku

For soprano and accompanying instrument, 6m


For whom the bell tolls

for bass clarinet, cello and percussion, 8m


Genesis

for small orchestra, 7m


Hi-Jinks

for flute and piano, 2m


Miniscule

a microscore for mixed chamber ensemble, 1m


Plus Forty Years

for electroacoustic tape, 7m


Psalm 121

for soprano, flute, oboe, viola and SATB chorus, 5m


Pyramids

for string quartet, 12m


Recollections 1

for SSAA choir, soloist and harp, 13m


Snippets

three pieces for soprano and flute/cello, 2m


The Old Place

for soprano, flute, violin, cello and SATB chorus, 5m


Time

for baritone and string quartet, 8m