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David Farquhar

David Farquhar was born in 1928 in Cambridge, New Zealand. He wrote nearly 200 orchestral, choral, stage and instrumental works, songs and music for children.

Recordings featuring David Farquhar

Farquhar: Three Symphonies
2nd Generation New Zealand Symphonies

MMT2060, Released 2004
 
Island Song: Beautiful New Zealand Music
New Zealand music compilation

MMT2044, Released 2010
 

Biography

David Farquhar was born in 1928 in Cambridge, New Zealand, spending most of his early years in Fiji. He was educated in New Zealand, and studied music at Canterbury and Victoria universities, before leaving for the UK to study at Cambridge University and the Guildhall School of Music in London.

In 1953 he joined the Music Department of Victoria University, Wellington, where he was appointed professor in 1976 and remained until 1993. A committed advocate of New Zealand music, Farquhar was founder-president of the Composers Association of New Zealand (CANZ) and a long-serving member of the board of the New Zealand Composers Foundation. In 2004 he was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to music.

Farquhar wrote nearly 200 orchestral, choral, stage and instrumental works, songs and music for children. He established his reputation in the realm of theatre music, especially the incidental pieces for Anouilh’s play Ring Round the Moon (original version 1953-7, suite 1975) and the 1962 opera A Unicorn for Christmas with libretto by Ngaio Marsh, which enjoyed a royal performance during the visit of Queen Elizabeth II to New Zealand in 1963.

The dance-suite Ring Round the Moon is Farquhar’s classic: it is populist, unpretentious and seemingly effortless, yet each movement is actually a triumph of compression that manages to combine the shapeliness of dance tunes with the riches of harmony and sonority.

Farquhar’s four string quartets, three symphonies and other extended works reveal a greater rhetorical sweep and more sustained intellectual purpose. His third and last symphony was completed in 2002.

David Farquhar died in Wellington, New Zealand in 2007.



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