CRAWSHAW, Sandra Noeline

MArts University of Otago 2015 Pages:

The Reception of the Music of Cécile Chaminade in Colonial New Zealand (1894 - 1934): Contexts and Institutions

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Link to Thesis: http://hdl.handle.net/10523/5837

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This thesis is a study of the music of Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944) and how present it was within the music traditions of colonial New Zealand. Chaminade was a French composer who enjoyed considerable success in North America and Europe during her lifetime, and the original premise of this study was to establish whether she had a similar presence as a composer in New Zealand. Drawing mainly from newspapers and archived programmes, a list of over four hundred concerts featuring her piano music and her songs has been compiled. It has revealed that a great percentage of her piano music performed in New Zealand actually occurred in student concerts, an aspect of music teaching neglected in most studies of music history. This list also indicates how well placed Chaminade’s songs were, in the repertoire of the singers of the day, both international and local, professional and amateur...

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