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Gillian Whitehead

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(b Whangarei, NZ, 1941).

NZ composer. Lived in Brit. and Eur. 1967–81. Northern Arts comp.‐in‐residence, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1978–81. Lect. in comp., NSW Cons. of Mus., Sydney, from 1982. Works incl. chamber operas Tristan and Iseult (1977–8), The Tinker's Curse (1979), Eleanor of Aquitaine (1982), The King of the Other Country (1984), The Pirate Moon (1986), Bride of Fortune (1988), The Art of Pizza (1995), Outrageous Fortune (1998); Missa Brevis (1963); Requiem, sop., org. (1981); Voices of Tane, pf. (1976); Bright Forms Return, mez., str. qt. (1980); Tongues, Swords, Keys, SATB (2 of each), 4 perc. (1985);4 Pieces, pf. (1988); Resurgences, orch. (1989); Moon, Tides and Shoreline, str. qt. (1990); NGA Haerenga, 2 sop., 2 mez., male narr., perc. (2000);…The Improbable Ordered Dance…, orch. (2000).

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