Douglas Lilburn

Lilburn Lecture

Prosaic notes from an unwritten journal by Jenny McLeod (2016)

Acclaimed composer Jenny McLeod surveys her life's work and experience in relation to her friend Douglas Lilburn's manifestos of New Zealand musical identity, A Search for Tradition (1946) and A Search for a Language (1969). The lecture took place on 2 November 2016.

A Broader Tradition, a Broader Language by Chris Bourke (2015)

Marking the 100th anniversary of Lilburn's birth – music historian Chris Bourke discussed the place of local popular music in New Zealand. Bourke considered the ideas discussed by Lilburn in his celebrated talks A Search for Tradition and A Search for a Language: are they still relevant, and can they be answered by popular music? The lecture took place on 4 November 2015 and was recorded by RNZ.

Click to listen to Chris's lecture, courtesy of Radio New Zealand Concert.

Signatures and Footprints by William Dart (2014)

Titled Signatures and Footprints, William Dart talked about the complexity of securing identity and individuality. He drew on historian E.H. McCormick's essay from 1960 — Distance Looks Our Way: The Effects of Remoteness on New Zealanders — and how, even in our time of instant global communication, his words still resonate.

Click to listen to William's lecture, courtesy of Radio New Zealand Concert.

Plato's Cave: Realities of Composing In New Zealand by Philip Norman (2013)

The inaugural Lilburn Lecture was given by Dr. Philip Norman in the Hunter Council Chamber, Victoria University, Wellington on 2 November 2013.

Click to listen to Philip's lecture, courtesy of Radio New Zealand Concert.