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"It was the natural culmination of all the resonances - historical, cultural and national - that Norman has created with outstanding flair and skill. The Ballad of Settler McGee richly deserves a permanent place in our musical heritage.'' Music in New Zealand Summer 1990/91. Originally scored for choir, jazz orchestra, rock group Maori ensemble, audience, concert band and orchestra, the composer has since arranged it as a suite for concert band. It was first performed at the 1990 World Youth Festival.
Commissioned by Radio New Zealand Concert Programme for performance at World Youth Festival in Christchurch in September 1990
Text: Philip Norman
03 Sep 1990: Performed by the National Youth Orchestra, choir, pipe band, brass band, jazz orchestra, concert band, rock band and Maori ensemble, conducted by John Hopkins in September 1990.