Jenny Mcleod A Life in Music

Norman Meehan

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Jenny McLeod was the sensation of New Zealand music. Born in 1941, at age five she discovered she could read music fluently. After a childhood in Timaru and Levin, she went on to study music with Douglas Lilburn and Frederick Page at Victoria University College, and in Europe with two imposing figures of mid-twentieth century modernism: Olivier Messiaen and Karlheinz Stockhausen. In 1967 she joined Victoria University’ s music department and was soon appointed New Zealand’ s youngest full professor. Two large public works for orchestra and children’ s choirs – Earth and Sky (1968) and Under the Sun (1971) – were seen by thousands and made her famous. In 1976 her devotion to Maharaj Ji’ s Divine Light Mission led to her early retirement from the university. However, her retirement from musical life was short-lived, and she was a prolific composer until her death in 2022. Drawing on his many conversations with Jenny McLeod, as well as her writings, letters and works, Norman Meehan brings the story of this remarkable composer to life.

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Jenny McLeod was the sensation of New Zealand music. Born in 1941, at age five she discovered she could read music fluently. After a childhood in Timaru and Levin, she went on to study music with Douglas Lilburn and Frederick Page at Victoria University College, and in Europe with two imposing figures of mid-twentieth century modernism: Olivier Messiaen and Karlheinz Stockhausen. In 1967 she joined Victoria University’ s music department and was soon appointed New Zealand’ s youngest full professor. Two large public works for orchestra and children’ s choirs – Earth and Sky (1968) and Under the Sun (1971) – were seen by thousands and made her famous. In 1976 her devotion to Maharaj Ji’ s Divine Light Mission led to her early retirement from the university. However, her retirement from musical life was short-lived, and she was a prolific composer until her death in 2022. Drawing on his many conversations with Jenny McLeod, as well as her writings, letters and works, Norman Meehan brings the story of this remarkable composer to life.

Pages - 396

Binding - Paperback

Publisher - Victoria University Press

Publication Date -

ISBN - 9781776921171

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