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Helen Caskie

Composer, Performer

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Born: 1930

Biography

Helen Caskie was born in 1930 in Wanganui, New Zealand and educated at the Wanganui Girl's College, Canterbury University College and Otago University, followed by Teacher's Training College. Then followed a busy life of teaching, conducting, broadcasting, adjudicating and marriage. Her compositions have won a number of national awards and she has had children's music published in London. Commissioning opportunities have arisen quite often and have resulted in a cross-section of works for soloists and varying ensemble combinations. Educational music has featured largely in her compositional output and she has enjoyed listening to young people bringing her music to life. She is patron of the Palmerston North Renaissance Singers and the Manawatu Youth Choir, which she founded and conducted for many years. She is a life member of other various musical organisations, and a Fellow of the Institute of Registered Music Teachers. Helen is now retired after a long teaching career but her music remains a favourite of teachers and performers.


Composed (69)

A Blessing

for SATB choir, 2m


A Cat's World

for young students of piano, 4m


A Cycle of Recollections

for soprano, clarinet and piano, 13m


A Song of Aotearoa

for chamber orchestra, 13m


A Sweet Season but Short

for mezzo-soprano and piano, 9m


Anthem for Doomed Youth

for SATB choir, 3m


Before the Paling of the Stars

for SSAB choir and organ, 3m


Before the Paling of the Stars

for SATB choir and organ, 3m


Bionic Man

for piano, 2m


Bright Sand and Stars

for children's choir, 2m


Carol of Reminiscence

for SATB choir, 2m


Crawly Crocodile & Co.

for beginner pianists


Fantasia for Flute and Piano

for flute and piano, 4m


Five Polish Christmas Carols

for SATB choir and two horns, 9m


Five Polish Christmas Carols

for SATB choir and piano, 9m


Five Polish Christmas Carols

for SSA and piano, 9m


God Our Father

for SATB choir, 1m


Halloween

for piano


I Sing of a Maiden

for SATB choir, 3m


Images in Song

for SATB choir and piano, 6m


Invention

for two flutes


Let's Boogie

for piano


Light and Shade

for violin and piano, 7m


Matin Song

for voice and piano, 1m 30s


Of Things Intangible

for piano, 7m


Petite Piece

for piano, 1m


Reflection

for orchestra, 4m


Remembered Music

for SATB choir and flute, 4m


Remembering Emma

for piano, 2m


Rhapsody for Violin and Piano

for violin and piano, 9m


Romance

for orchestra, 5m


Run, Shepherds, Run

for SATB choir, 3m


Seven Songs of the Spirit

for SATB soloists, SATB choir, flute and piano, 20m


Sing with Joy

for soprano (or children's choir), SATB choir, flute and piano, 2m


Sing with Joy

for SSAB choir and piano, 2m


Sing with Joy

for unison or children's voices and SATB choir with piano, 2m


Song for Flute and Piano

for flute and piano, 4m


Space Dance

for piano, 1m


Spanish Roses

for two medium voices and piano, 3m


Spirit Resonance

for orchestra, 9m


Spring goeth all in white

for voice and piano, 2m 3s


Sunshine and Shadows

for SATB choir and orchestra, 8m


Sweet and Low

for voice and piano, 2m


Tapu

for piano, 2m


Ten Cent Mixture

for SATB choir, 5m


The Bonny Earl o' Moray

for voice and piano, 2m


The Feel of Christmas

for children's voices, 2m


The Moa

for piano


The Presence of God

for SATB choir and (optional) piano, 2m


The Silver Swan

for mezzo-soprano or baritone and piano, 2m


The Tingley Feeling Album

eight piano pieces for Grades 2–3, 5m


The Yeti

for piano, 2m


This Bluest Pearl

for SAB choir and piano, 2m


This Bluest Pearl

for SSA choir and piano, 2m


Three New Zealand Country Scenes

for SSA choir and piano, 9m


Three New Zealand Country Scenes

for SATB choir and piano, 5m


Three Pleasant Pieces

for organ, 8m


Three Psalms

for SATB choir and orchestra


Three Songs for developing voices

for voice (high or low) and piano


Two Preludes

for piano, 6m


Two Sketches for Piano

for piano, 4m


Under the African Sun

for two flutes and piano, 4m


Windy Nights

for voice and piano, 1m 30s


Yin and Yang

for piano, 5m



Recordings (1)


Resources (2)

Canzona November 1985 Vol 7 no 22

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