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Douglas Mews

Composer, Performer

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Born: 1918 Died: 1993

Biography

Douglas Mews was born at St Johns in Newfoundland in 1918 and died in New Zealand in 1993. He studied in London, England from 1936, graduating BMus in 1939. DMus (London) 1961. Following World War II, he became a Professor and examiner at Trinity College of Music (1946-63) and a lecture at Colchester Technical College (1963-8). In 1961 he graduated DMus from London. Mews emigrated to Auckland in 1969, joining the staff of the Music Department at the University of Auckland where, in 1974, he was made Associate Professor of Music. He was director of Music at St Patrick's Cathedral, Auckland from 1970-82. He retired from the University of Auckland in 1984. In 1990 Mews received a Papal Knighthood.


Composed (62)

A Gloria with a refrain

for choir or congregation with piano or organ accompaniment


A New Zealand Christmas (The imprint of His little feet)

for a cappella SATB choir with soloists, 3m


A Sound Came from Heaven

for unaccompanied SATB choir, 3m 15s


Christmas, Come In

for SATB choir, 1m


Come now, Lord Jesus

for unison singing


Concertino for Organ and Orchestra

for organ and string orchestra, 15m


Crucifixus Pro Nobis

for a cappella SATB choir


David's Lament for Jonathan

for choir, 2m 30s


Fantasia Quaerens Ludovicum

for viola and piano, 10m


For the music of creation

for SATB choir


Ghosts, Fire, Water

for alto solo and unaccompanied mixed voices, 10m


Gigue de Pan

for organ and small drums, 4m


Give thanks for life

for SATB choir and piano


God Defend New Zealand

for two-part school choir with piano


God of all time

for SATB choir


God of the galaxies

for SATB choir


Hail Mary, full of grace!

for SATB choir


Hunger Carol

for SATB or unison singing


I will comfort you

for SATB choir


Japan Physical

for soprano and piano, 10m


Joshua

for trombone and orchestra, 21m


Ke tau fakafeta'i

for unison choir and piano


Lazarus

a biblical opera, 1h 5m


Let's Celebrate

for SATB choir, trumpets, timpani and organ


Lucifer Illuminatus

for orchestra


Magnificat

for unison chorus, oboe and organ, 4m


Missa Brevis

for SATB choir, 15m


Movement for 16 Saxophones

for sixteen saxophones, 8m


O Bread of Joy

for unison choir and piano


Pohutukawa Carol

for SATB with optional accompaniment, 3m


Pokarekare (a love song)

for unaccompanied SATB choir, 2m


Prelude and Fugue

for organ, 6m


Psalm 21

for choir or congregation


Psalm 24

for congregation or choir with piano or organ accompaniment


Psalm 54

for congregation or choir with piano or organ accompaniment


Psalm 97

for congregation or choir with piano or organ accompaniment


Sanctus

for choir or congregation with piano or organ accompaniment


Sesqui Suite

for piano, 5m


Snowfree Carols

for unaccompanied choir


Table Talk

for choir, accordion ensemble and five percussionists, 12m


Tangi Pohutu

for solo flute, 5m


Tango Fantastique

for solo flute, 3m


The Circle of a Girl's Arms

for SATB choir and ensemble, 8m


The Cloud on the Mountain

for tenor, baritone, SATB chorus and orchestra, 50m


The First Night

for SATB choir, soprano, flute and organ, 6m


The Kiss

a biblical opera for sixteen characters, 1h 10m


The Lord's Prayer

for choir or congregation


The Love Song of Rangipouri

for unaccompanied SATB choir and solo baritone, 7m


The May Magnificat

for soprano and SATB choir, 11m


The Quarry

for choir, woodblocks and bells, 9m


The Stones of Glendalough

for piano, 18m


The Waiting Father

a biblical opera for eleven characters and chamber orchestra, 1h 5m


Three Gospel Miniatures

for flute and oboe


Three Maori Songs

for SATB choir, 5m


Touch the earth lightly

for SATB choir


Will you offer me compassion?

for SATB choir and piano