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Larry Pruden

Arranger, Composer, Performer

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Born: 1925 Died: 1982

Biography

Larry Pruden was born in New Plymouth on the 28th July 1925 and brought up there. He began learning the piano at about age 8, became church organist at 13, and joined the music staff of New Plymouth Boy's High School in 1940 as a piano teacher. His first known composition dates from 1938; at this stage his musical mentor was the well-known blind organist and composer Joseph Papaesch, his uncle. Apart from contact with Douglas Lilburn at Cambridge Music Schools from 1947, he was self-taught in composition until granted a bursary for study in England.

In London from 1951-54, he attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he studied composition, conducting and percussion. In 1952 he joined Benjamin Frankel's composition class which also contained David Farquhar, Edwin Carr and Robert Burch. While there he also met and married his wife Penny.

Returning to New Zealand he settled in Wellington in 1955, employed in various capacities by NZ Broadcasting until 1975, when he went to Dunedin as Mozart Fellow at Otago University. During all of this time he was also involved in tutoring composition at summer music schools, conducting, writing programme notes and introducing radio programmes.

Since 1977 he freelanced as composer and conductor in Wellington until his death on October 1st, 1982.


Composed (36)

1218

for orchestra, 11m


2XP 10th Anniversary Fanfare

for brass quintet and side drum


Adagio

for violin and piano


Akaroa

for orchestra, 5m


Birthday Disguises

for string orchestra


Cambridge Fanfare

for brass ensemble and percussion


Cambridge Medley

for percussion quintet


Capriccio

for solo piano


Children's Suite

for string orchestra


Dances of Brittany

for string orchestra, 10m


Evening Music for a Summer School

for chamber orchestra


Fanfare

for brass sextet and timpani


Fanfare ('65)

for brass sextet and two percussionists


Fantasia in Four Parts

for solo piano


Festival Salute

for wind band


Flight of the Albatross

for violin and piano


Haast Highway

for brass band, 6m


Harbour Nocturne

for small orchestra, 7m


Lambton Quay

for orchestra, 9m


Lambton Quay

for brass band, 5m


March: Lambton Quay

for orchestra, 9m


New Year Fanfare

for brass ensemble and two percussion


Night Song

for string orchestra, 6m


Overture: The Antipodes

for orchestra


Prelude

for violin and piano


Prelude

for string orchestra


Russell Square

for jazz quartet


Santa Lucia

for solo violin and chamber orchestra, 4m


Soliloquy for Strings

for string orchestra, 7m


String Trio

for violin, viola and cello, 24m


Summer Nocturnes

for chamber orchestra


Taranaki Overture

for orchestra, 11m


Waves of the Pacific

for solo piano



Arranged (2)

God Save the Queen - Larry Pruden

arranged for chamber orchestra


Imperial Salute of Iran - Larry Pruden

arranged for full orchestra



Resources (3)