Music Month display celebrating Alfred Hill opens
- Date: Monday, 1 May, 2017
Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets
- Contact Details:
For more information, email Matt.Steindl@dia.govt.nz
Alfred Hill (1869-1960), pioneer composer from New Zealand and Australia, wrote 13 symphonies, 17 string quartets, numerous operas (some with Maori themes), film scores, and hundreds of vocal and instrumental works.
While he was born in Melbourne and died in Sydney, he spent most of the first forty years of his life based in Wellington and became closely involved with Māori culture.
After studying in Leipzig from 1887-1891 and encountering the likes of Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák and Strauss, he returned to Wellington where he was the leading musical figure until 1910, when he moved to Sydney and where he became the first professor of composition at the NSW (now Sydney) Conservatorium of Music.
Music Month for May at the National Library features a display of materials relating to his life, family and music. Please join us on May 1 at 9.45am in the Programme Room on the ground floor for the opening and an introduction to the display.
Donald Maurice will give a short introduction, the Dominion String Quartet will perform a movement from Quartet No 6 “The Kids”, and Bert Hill (great nephew of Alfred) will unveil a restored bust of Alfred made in Sydney around 1915, recently donated to Victoria University.
The display will then be available to view upstairs in the Reading Room.
S P Andrew Ltd, Alfred Francis Hill, 1930. Ref: PAColl-6303-35.