Story: Composers

Alfred Hill

This oil painting, which shows Alfred Hill conducting, was painted by Thomas William Roberts in 1897. In the bottom left corner Hill signed it and inscribed the first three bars of his cantata Hinemoa. The work, which was based on a Māori love story, showed the influence of Māori musical themes. It enjoyed widespread success and launched Hill's career as a composer. Listen to the first movement, performed by the choir of Auckland Teachers' Training College and the Auckland Radio Orchestra under the baton of Hill. The recording was made in 1952.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: G-534
Oil on board by Thomas William Roberts

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Nga Taonga Korero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Nga Taonga Korero (Arthur Hill's cantata "Hinemoana"/Reference number 33735)

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How to cite this page:

William Dart, 'Composers - Establishing a new tradition', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 May 2024)

Story by William Dart, published 22 Oct 2014