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Anthony Ritchie

Arranger, Composer, Performer, Presenter

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Born: 1960 Website  External link

Biography

Anthony has composed over 180 compositions during a career that includes a decade of freelance composing, several composer residencies, and 13 years teaching composition at Otago University. Many of his works have been published and recorded, and he has had works performed in many countries abroad, including the UK, Europe, Asia and the US. In 2014, his choral work Salaam was commissioned and premiered by Aquarius in Belgium, who have recently recorded a CD of his choral work. Anthony has had chamber music performed by The Takacs Quartet, The Eggner Trio, and The Yang Quartet, and The BBC Symphony Orchestra has recorded his A Bugle Will Do. His French Overture was performed by The Swedish Chamber Orchestra in 2012, while the CD A Bugle Will Do (Atoll, 2011) was named one of the “CDs of the year” by British reviewer Nick Barnard, on the Music Web International site. He has regularly had works performed overseas at ISCM and ACL festivals.

Anthony Ritchie completed a Ph.D. on the music of Bartok in 1987, studying at the Bartok Archives in Budapest. He also studied composition with Attila Bozay at the Liszt Academy, and completed his Mus.B (Honours) at the University of Canterbury. During this time his Concertino for Piano and Strings was recorded onto LP by Kiwi Pacific. In 1987 he was Composer-in-Schools in Christchurch, before moving to Dunedin as Mozart Fellow (1988-9) at the University of Otago. Anthony was Composer-in-Residence with the Dunedin Sinfonia in 1993-4, completing his Symphony No. 1 "Boum". He free-lanced until 2002, writing commissioned works for performers as diverse as the NZSO, Class Act Opera, and Daniel Belton and Good Company. In 2000 his Symphony No.2 was premiered by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra at the International Festival of the Arts, and was followed up by the comic opera Quartet at the 2004 Festival. Other operas include The God Boy (2004) and This Other Eden (2014), both premiered at Arts Festival Dunedin. Anthony has also composed film music in collaboration with Natural History NZ, including Southern Journeys (2000) and Timeless Land (2003).

Since 2005 he has had eleven CDs of his composition released, including the critically acclaimed Piano Preludes (Atoll, 2005), NZ Poets in Song featuring Anna Leese (Ode/Manu 2008), and the CD Remember Parihaka (Atoll, 2009) which includes his widely performed Flute Concerto, written for Alexa Still. His two CDs of chamber music include Octopus featuring his String Quartet No.2. An album of his piano music, Expressions, was released by Ode/Manu in 2010, performed by Tom McGrath. Atoll and the NZ Symphony Orchestra released his CD A Bugle Will Do in 2012, which included his Symphony No.3. It was awarded classical album of the year by The Listener, and was a finalist at the NZ Music Awards. Atoll released his Stations CD in 2014 (Symphony No.4 performed by The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra), and it was declared a ‘Recording of the Month’ by Web Music International. Reviewer Nick Barnard wrote: “I have been listening to this music over the last month during which time I have found myself increasingly drawn into its profoundly moving sound-world. . . The structure of the work is hugely impressive – the listener is drawn forward inexorably with each station clearly defined yet clearly part of a greater scheme. . . Ritchie’s music speaks with a very individual yet accessible voice and his work – and certainly this symphony – deserves a wide audience.” 'Fjarren: In the Distance' with Anthony’s Clarinet Quintet and Purakaunui at Dawn won ‘Best Classical Album’ in the 2016 NZ Music Awards. Recent commissions include an oratorio Gallipoli to the Somme (2016) commemorating World War I for The Dunedin Symphony Orchestra and City Choir Dunedin, which is scheduled for performances in London and Oxford in 2018.

Anthony is now Professor of composition at Otago University, and combines his interest in composition with a passion for teaching and mentoring young composers. In 2012-13 he was the Composer Mentor for the Todd Young Composer Awards. He also engages with the community through his role as a conductor (Dunedin Youth Orchestra), pre-concert speaker and arranger. In 2011 he was chosen to arrange the music for the 20 national anthems at the Rugby World Cup. Anthony combines his interest in music with an interest in sport, and has represented New Zealand at two croquet world championships.

“What is not in any doubt is just how engaging and of real worth Ritchie’s music is. Certainly it deserves to be far more widely known than it currently is outside of his native country. By now it should be clear that this is music that appeals to both the head and the heart and speaks using a voice that will touch those who do not normally respond to the traditional Classical Music idiom.”
(Nick Barnard, Music Web International, 2013)


Composed (251)

24 Preludes

for solo piano, 49m


3 Pieces for Violin and Guitar

for violin and guitar


A Bugle Will Do

for full orchestra, 9m


A Folk Lament

for organ, 10m


A Little Sleep

for solo piano, 9m 40s


A Mid-Term Trio

for clarinet, viola and piano, 8m


A Poem Just for Me

for soprano, baritone and piano


A Shakespeare Overture

for youth orchestra, 8m


A Survivor from Rekohu

for flute solo/piccolo and taonga pūoro, 12m


Ahua

for SATB choir, kapa haka group, soloists and orchestra


Albatross in Flight

for orchestra, 10m


Albatross, Flying So High

for voice and piano, 2m


Angels Flow

for pedal harp, 2m 40s


Ants: Sextet for Strings

for two violins, two violas and two cellos, 9m 30s


as long as time

for unaccompanied SSAATBB, 10m


Ashburn Fragments

for piano, 12m


Autumn Concerto

for piano and orchestra, 10m


Autumn Concerto

arranged for two pianos


Balkan Bagpipes

for amateur orchestra, 9m


Bartok Medley

arranged for school orchestra


Bear Dance

for primary school orchestra, 6m


Beginnings

for orchestra, 9m


Behind our Masks

a musical, 2h


Bele Doette

for soprano and oboe, 5m


Berlin Fragments

for mezzo-soprano and piano, 23m


Brass Quintet

for brass quintet, 12m


Caroline Bay Suite

for piano, 5m


Cartoon: Fantasy for oboe and orchestra

for oboe and orchestra, 17m


Carving

for SATB choir and woodblocks


Cat in the Dark

for treble voices, clarinet and piano, 2m 30s


Cat in the Dark

for treble voices and piano, 2m 30s


Childhood

for violin, cello and piano, 10m


Children and Adults

for soprano, clarinet and piano, 10m


Children and Adults

for mezzo soprano, viola and piano, 10m


Clarinet Quintet

for clarinet in A and string quartet, 18m


Clouds, op.114

for solo trombone and brass band, 10m


Columba Song

for two part choir and piano, 2m


Coming to It

for orchestra and speaker, 19m


Concertina

dance music for violin and piano, 24m


Concertino for Piano and Strings

for piano and strings, 13m


Concerto for Euphonium and Brass Band

for euphonium and brass band, 20m


Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra

for soprano saxophone and orchestra, 17m


Concerto for Three: 'Coming of Age'

for flute, violin, cello and strings, 12m


Convention for Harpsichord - A personality study

for harpsichord with two manuals, 12m


Coverings

for female vocal sextet and harp, 4m


Dance around the world

for school orchestra


Dedication

for solo cello


Dogwobble

for SAB choir and piano


Dogwobble and other Songs

for SAB choir and flexible instrumental ensemble, 11m


Double Concerto for bass clarinet and cello

for bass clarinet, cello and orchestra, 19m


Down in the Brunner Mine

for brass band, 9m


Echoes

for Javanese gamelan ensemble, 5m


Elegy

for solo piano, 3m


Everyone says "No!"

for unison voices and piano accompaniment


First Day at School

for SA choir and piano, 3m


Five Dunedin Songs for Tenor and Guitar

for tenor and guitar, 16m


Five New Zealand Bird Songs

for voice and piano, 5m


Five Songs of Colour

for soprano and piano, 12m


Flute Concerto

for flute and piano, 17m


Flute Concerto

for flute and orchestra, 17m


Flute Sonata

for flute and piano, 4m


For Seven

for voice and mixed ensemble, 7m


Four Bagatelles for Viola and Percussion

for viola and percussion, 8m


Four Duos for Two Violins

for two violins


Four e.e. cummings Poems

for unaccompanied SSAA choir, 8m


Four into Twelves...

for four double basses, 2m


French Overture

for full orchestra, 12m


From Mountains to Sea

for orchestra, 12m


From the Southern Marches

for choir, soprano, alto, tenor and bass soloists and orchestra, 2h


Gallipoli to The Somme

for soprano, bass, choir and orchestra


Gigue

for piano, 2m


God Defend New Zealand

for SATB choir and orchestra


Goodbye to Blues

for symphonic or concert band, 7m


Gouache

for orchestra, 10m 15s


Guitar Concerto, op. 79

for guitar and orchestra, 29m


Haere Mai Ra

for SSA choir, flute, cello and piano


He is Starlight

for brass band


He moemoea

for mezzo soprano and piano, 5m


Hungarian Folk Songs

arranged for unaccompanied SATB choir, 5m


Hurting

for piano, 5m


Johnny Come Dancing

for SATB choir and piano duet, 10m


Journey through Eastern Europe

for chamber orchestra, 5m


Journeys

for orchestra, 40m


Lament for Barney Flanagan

for baritone and piano


Le vierge, le vivace et le bel aujourd'hui

for unaccompanied SATB choir, 4m


Leaf

for solo piano, 15m


Line Dances

music for a dance film by Daniel Belton, 30m


Little Quartet

for flute, clarinet, viola and piano, 8m


Lullabies

for solo soprano, children's choir, SATB choir and organ, 21m


Magnificat

for SATB choir, 4m


Magnificat

for male voice choir unaccompanied, 4m


Meditation

for violin and piano, 12m


Meditation Upon Tao Te Ching No.16.

for tape (EMS/CU), 13m


Meditation, op.112

for viola and piano, 3m


Melancholia

for solo guitar, 3m


Memories

dance music for tape, 15m


Memories of Budapest, op. 87

for horn, 2 violins, 2 violas and cello, 11m


Memories of Purakaunui

for five cellos and piano, 12m


Milking Before Dawn

for mezzo soprano and piano


Moa were big, Moa were strong

for unison voices and piano accompaniment


Moods

for amateur orchestra, 14m


Music for Hippolytus

for female voices with flute, 15m


Music for The Revengers Tragedy

incidental music for the play by Tournier, 25m


Music for Tristan

for piano, 8m 30s


My Father Today

for baritone and piano


Night-Piece

for piano, 16m


Nocturne

for piano


Nocturne and Sunrise

for flute, viola and guitar, 10m 30s


Oboe Sonata

for oboe and piano, 17m


Obsessions

dance music for tape, 10m


Octet - Octopus

for chamber octet, 12m


Olinda

for SSAATTBB choir


Olveston Suite

for piano, 7m 40s


On Trying to Understand a Poem in the 'Listener'

for female voice and piano, 3m


Oppositions

for piano quartet, 7m


Organ Overture

for orchestra with concert organ, 8m


Pas de deux

for two guitars, 20m


Pas de Deux (Prelude - Au Revoir)

for violin and guitar


Penguins Go!

for unison voices and piano accompaniment


Peninsula Suite

for piano


Piano Concerto

for piano and full orchestra, 29m


Piano Concerto No. 3

for piano and orchestra, 18m


Piano Concerto No. 3

arranged for two pianos


Piano Sonata 1988

for solo piano, 16m


Piano Trio

for piano trio, 15m


Pink and White

for pipe organ or electronic organ, 11m


Please Be My Friend

for primary school choir and keyboard, 3m


Poems of Spring

for piano, 10m


Polish Dances

for flute and piano, 7m


Portrait of FH

for orchestra with optional narrator part, 28m


Procession

for orchestra, 3m


Psalm 147

for SATB and organ, 4m


Purakaunui

for chamber orchestra, 5m


Purakaunui at Dawn

for clarinet and string quartet, 6m


Quartet

a chamber opera, 1h 10m


Rain

for baritone and piano, 6m


Rain

for baritone and orchestra, 6m


Remember Parihaka

for orchestra, 9m


Revelations

for orchestra, 12m


Rhapsody

for violin and piano, 9m


Rhapsody for Guitar

for guitar, 6m


Rites of Passage

for bassoon and string quintet, 12m


Salaam

for SSAATTBB choir


She is singing for Peace

for SSAATTBB unaccompanied choir, 5m


Shintaro San

for brass band, 7m


Shoal Dance

for two violins, 11m


Silver Songs

for SATB choir, 10m


Sinfonietta

for small orchestra, 15m


Singers in the Islands

for piano, 50s


Sonata

for solo violin, 15m


Sonatina

for 7-8 percussionists and bass guitar, 6m


Song

for mezzo-soprano and piano, 4m


Song for Minstrel, op.120

for violin and piano, 3m


Song of Hope

for unaccompanied SATB choir, 3m 28s


Song to the Lord Jesus

for unison choir and keyboard, 3m


Songs Just For You

for female choir and piano, 10m


Songs of Roses

for a cappella SATB choir with solo soprano


Southern Journeys

for orchestra with video, 30m


Spring String Trio

for string trio, 9m


Star Fire

an opera, 45m


String Quartet No. 2

for string quartet, 24m


String Quartet no.1

for string quartet, 20m


Sultry

for solo guitar, 5m 30s


Swinging Ducks and Yellow Trucks

a creative resource of songs for 3 -7 year olds


Symphony No. 1 - 'Boum'

for full orchestra, 32m


Symphony No. 3

for full orchestra, 30m


Symphony No. 4

for orchestra and soprano


Tako-Tsubo

for 3-part female choir, 3m


Tangi

for baritone and piano


Te Moana

for wind band, 7m


The Bay

for baritone and piano


The Blue Sonata

for cello and piano, 23m


The Bomb is Made, op. 99

for large choir, strings, organ and timpani, 5m


The Charge of Parihaka

for vocal sextet SSATBB, 5m


The Eagle has Landed

a chamber opera, 15m


The Flower of Scotland (arr.)

for massed choirs and bagpipes, 3m


The God Boy

an opera in two acts, 1h 30m


The Hanging Bulb

for orchestra, 12m


The Kea

for unison voices with piano accompaniment


The Lamb

for soprano, mezzo-soprano and piano, 3m


The Lost Cat

for unison voices with piano accompaniment


The Pelog Quartet

for piano quartet, 15m


The Rose Family

for a cappella choir with soprano soloist, 14m


The Sandfly

for unison voices and piano accompaniment


The Sea We Cross Over

for SSAATTBB choir, 3m 30s


The Shark

for unison voices


The Survivor

for SSAATTBB choir, 8m


The Trapeze Artists

chamber opera for soprano, alto, baritone, 35m


The Tuatara Dances

for full orchestra, 18m


The Whale

for unison voices


The-Room-Two-Inches-Behind-the-Eyes

dance music for tape, 10m


Theme and Variations for 6 cellos

for cello ensemble, 5m


Then I Understood

for choir and orchestra, 23m


This Other Eden

an opera in two acts


Thorrington Blues

for classroom orchestra, 2m


Thoughts from an Inner Garden

for soprano, violin and piano, 25m


Three Baritone Songs

for baritone and piano


Three Chinese Love Songs

for soprano and piano, 9m


Three Little Kiwis

for unison voices and piano accompaniment


Three Pieces for J.A.R.

for piano solo, 10m


Three Pieces for Strings

for string orchestra, 10m


Three Scenes for Solo Clarinet

for solo clarinet, 9m


Three Songs

for women's choir with horn and piano


Three Songs for Tracy

for soprano and piano, 6m


Timeless Land

for orchestra and multimedia, 43m


to face the night alone

song cycle for baritone, large SATB choir, and orchestra, 37m


Touched

for solo piano, 9m 30s


Transylvanian Dances

for string quartet, 6m 30s


Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano

for clarinet, cello and piano, 19m


Trio in C

for flute, oboe and clarinet, 5m


Triptych

for euphonium and piano


Triptych: Mountains and Rivers

for SATB choir with soprano soloist, 10m


Tuatara

for violin and piano, 2m


Tui

for solo flute, 5m


Tutira Mai

for SA with flute, cello and piano


Two Further Songs for Columba College

for SA choir, piano, guitar and flute, 6m


Two Pantoums

for soprano and piano, 9m


Two Partsongs

for unaccompanied SSATB choir, 4m


Two Songs for Columba College

for SSA choir, flute, cello and piano, 4m


Two Songs for Contralto

for contralto and piano, 7m


Underwater Music

for small orchestra, 12m


Variations

for youth orchestra, 9m


Variations for G.B.P.

for violin and organ, 8m


Variations on a Theme

for primary school orchestra, 3m


Viola Concerto

for viola and orchestra, 14m


Viola Sonata

for viola and piano, 25m


Violin Concerto

for violin and orchestra, 23m


Violin Sonata

for violin and piano, 21m


Violin Sonata No. 3

for violin and piano, 20m


Visions of Education

for flute, violin, piano, mixed choir and soloists


Welcome!

for SSAATTBB choir, 3m


Whakatipua

for string quartet, 10m


Whakatipua

for string orchestra, 10m


Whalesong

for solo double bass and orchestra, 10m


Whispers of Gallipoli

a song cycle for baritone and piano, 31m


Why Don't You Talk To Me?

for soprano (or high voice) and piano, 3m


Widow's Songs

for a cappella SSAATB choir, 7m


Wind Quintet, op. 142

for wind quintet, 15m


With Years To Go

for unaccompanied SATB choir, 3m


Woodwind Quartet

for two flutes and two clarinets, 10m


Words are my notes

for mezzo-soprano, viola and piano, 12m


Yet Another Poem of Spring

for full orchestra, 2m



Arranged (1)

God Defend New Zealand

for SATB choir and orchestra



Recordings (35)

Da Chara

Audio/visual


Helen Webby: Pluck

Audio/visual


Parihaka

Audio/visual



Resources (33)

Canzona 2004 vol 25 no 46

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Canzona 2005 vol 26 no 47

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Canzona 2006 vol 26 no 47

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Canzona Winter 1990 vol 13 no 33

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