Author(s): Philip Norman
This biography is a lively and long-overdue account of an extraordinary man. First published April 2004.
Winner of Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Biography Category 2007. Shortlisted for NZ Society of Authors Best First Book Award Non-Fiction Category 2007.
From organs to orchestras, car horns to choirs, ballads to ballet, PHILIP NORMAN's experience as a composer spans the breadth of the performing arts. One of a handful of New Zealand composers in full time practice, he has had works commissioned or performed by most of the leading music, theatre and ballet companies in New Zealand. His music includes Footrot Flats and Love off the Shelf (stage musicals), Peter Pan (ballet), Plumsong (choir), The Juggler (orchestra) and A Christmas Carol (opera), all numbering among the most performed works by a New Zealand composer in their fields. Philip's PhD in music history, conferred in 1984, was on the music of Douglas Lilburn. He was principal music critic for The Press, Christchurch, through the 1980s and is a past president of the Composers' Association of New Zealand. He lives in Christchurch with his wife, Alison, their four children and an array of pets.