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for orchestra

Year:  1936   ·  Duration:  16m
Instrumentation:  2222; 4230; timp.; strings

Year:  1936
Duration:  16m
Instrumentation  2222; 4230; timp.; strings

Composer:   Douglas Lilburn

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Douglas Lilburn: Forest - A...

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Composed in 1936, Forest was one of Lilburn’s earilest significant compositions. It won a competition initiated by Percy Grainger for an orchestral piece projecting ‘New Zealand cultural and emotional characteristics.’ The work is a tone poem for orchestra, depicting autumn at Mount Peel in South Canterbury. According to the musicologist Robert Hoskins, ‘we hear Lilburn tracking Sibelius through the shadowy woods, keeping his own distance, but measuring his own hesitancy until he takes his own road.’

Performance history

28 May 2003: Performed by the NZSO, conducted by Kenneth Young

20 Nov 2010: Scottish Connections

Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Judd

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