Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 39, Number 21, September 6, 1976.
Vuw Music Society Concert Preview. Wed, Sept 8 l.10pm in the Music Room (H332)
Vuw Music Society Concert Preview. Wed, Sept 8 l.10pm in the Music Room (H332).
On Wednesday the Music Society is presenting a programme of music by students in the music department. The works of three young composers, all honours students at Vic will be performed by other music students. This concert should be of particular interst as the music department is in the the enviable position of having 4 of its 6 full-time staff at the forefront of composition in N.Z. today (Douglas Lilburn, David Farquhar, Jenny McLeod and Ross Harris). This means that the standard of teaching is high and the opportunities for young composers to develop their talents are boundless - for example, one of Victoria's composition students, John Elmsly, is currently studying composition on a scholarship in Brussels.
Wednesday's concert, then, will include music by Tara Werner, Paul Emsley, and Graeme Moir.
Tara has a BA/B.Mus-(composition major) and is currently studying for B.A. Hons in anthropology, as well as doing some teaching of non-western music in the music department. There will be four of her pieces in the concert: Prelude for Violin Clarinet and Cello, variations on a theme by Roderigo (for cello and flute), and short pieces for solo cello, postcript for solo clarinet. All of these pieces have been composed over an interval of two years.
Paul Emsley is currently studying for his B.Mus Hons in composition. Earlier this year the Music Society included another of his works, Pionorama (for 2 pianos and taperecorder) in an evening concert. In Wednesday's concert we will hear "Bits for flute" and "Duct for 3" (voice, flute and guitar).
Graeme Mois has already gained a reputation in Wellington for his work with Sum music and his involvement in the Sonic Circuses and Wellington Festivals. He is probably best known for his "Fog Horn Piece" which has been performed twice by ships in port, and is being prepared by the national film unit, combining film footage of the last performance with the music itself. This Wednesday, there will be his pieces for guitar, and a piece for guitar and oboe, as well as a recent electronic piece. These pieces have been written as a part of his composition Hons work for his B. Mus.
Performers in this concern include Kathy Corner, Mike Rose, Katherine Harris, Robyn Stapleton, Pam Gram, Janet Elepens, and Kathy Culliford. It is, as usual; free, and all are welcome to witness Victoria's contribution to the next generation of New Zealand composers.