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Dr Graeme Downes

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Senior Lecturer
MusB(Hons), PhD (Otago)
Joined the staff in 2000

Tel 64 3 479 9778
Email graeme.downes@otago.ac.nz

Research Expertise

  • Composition
  • Musicology

Postgraduate Supervision

  • Composition
  • Nineteenth-century music (Mahler, Franck)

Student successes

Other Musical and Community Activities

  • Musicological opinions in copyright cases for various publishing houses and studios
  • Creative New Zealand assessor

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Publications

Downes, G. (music director, singer), Adams, P. (conductor), Petersen, T. (concertmaster, first violin), du Plessis, H. (cello), & Burns, R. (five-string bass) (2017, 4 November). Tally Ho! 2 Dunedin Sound, Songs & Singers (4 November), with the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, Dunedin Town Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Downes, G. (2017, June). The back history of the Tally Ho concert. Hot Topics in Music Series, University of the Third Age, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Research Presentation].

Downes, G. (2016, June). Calm sea and prosperous voyage: Cruising with Beethoven's Op. 127 Quartet in E flat. Verbal presentation at the Department of Music & Theatre Studies Research Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Downes, G. (vocalist, guitarist) (2016, 9 March). The Verlaines, New Zealand Festival, Shed 6, Wellington, New Zealand. [Performance].

Adams, P. (conductor), Downes, G. (artistic director, singer), Petersen, T. (violin), & Burns, R. (fender bass) (2015, 28 February). Tally Ho! Dunedin Sound, Songs & Singers (28 February), with the Southern Sinfonia, Dunedin Town Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Performance

Downes, G. (music director, singer), Adams, P. (conductor), Petersen, T. (concertmaster, first violin), du Plessis, H. (cello), & Burns, R. (five-string bass) (2017, 4 November). Tally Ho! 2 Dunedin Sound, Songs & Singers (4 November), with the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, Dunedin Town Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Downes, G. (vocalist, guitarist) (2016, 9 March). The Verlaines, New Zealand Festival, Shed 6, Wellington, New Zealand. [Performance].

Adams, P. (conductor), Downes, G. (artistic director, singer), Petersen, T. (violin), & Burns, R. (fender bass) (2015, 28 February). Tally Ho! Dunedin Sound, Songs & Singers (28 February), with the Southern Sinfonia, Dunedin Town Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Downes, G. (performer), Burns, R. (bass guitar), & McGrath, T. (piano) (2014, 15 February). The Verlaines, Sammy's Night Club, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Downes, G. (performer), & Burns, R. (bass guitar) (2012, 11 April). The Verlaines, 'Untimely Meditations' Australasian Tour, Lucha Lounge, Auckland, New Zealand. [Performance].

Downes, G. (performer), & Burns, R. (bass guitar) (2012, 14-15 April). The Verlaines, 'Untimely Meditations' Australasian Tour, Yah Yahs & Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, Australia. [Performance].

Downes, G. (performer), & Burns, R. (bass guitar) (2012, 12-13 April). The Verlaines, 'Untimely Meditations' Australasian Tour, Red Rattler & Spectrum, Sydney, Australia. [Performance].

Downes, G. (performer & song writer) (2009, 18 September). The Verlaines, support act for Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, King's Arms, Auckland, New Zealand.

Bellingham, J. (soprano), Dennis, T. (piano), Ritchie, A. (performer), McGrath, T. (piano), & Downes, G. (performer) (2009, 17 April). Many Voices: Music to celebrate New Zealand Music and National Identity Conference Evening Concert, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Downes, G. A. (composer, arranger, performer) (2004, May). Live television performance with rock band Verlaines on the 24-hour music programme The National Anthem, TV2, New Zealand.

Downes, G. (arranger) (2003, October). She left on a Monday, performed by Bic Runga and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marc Tadei. Released on CD ('Bic Runga and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra - Live in Concert'), Columbia 51 48132000, Christchurch Town Hall.

Downes, G. (guitar, vocal and composer) (2003, October). Performances with rock band the Verlaines, National Tour 2003, Riverton Arts Centre, King's Arms, Auckland, Bar Bodega, Wellington and Re:Fuel, Dunedin.

Downes, G. (2002, August). Performances with Stephen Small (keyboard) co-headlining with David Grubbs (US). Original songs.

Downes, G. (2000, July). Composer of the Week: Gustav Mahler. A half-hour radio programme with musical examples.

Downes, G. (2000, 12 October 2000). Otago Festival of the Arts, Dunedin Sound Series. Live performance and international internet simulcast via KFJC 89.7 fm (San Francisco), duration 1hr 20min.

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Composition / Musical Score

G. Downes, M. O'Neill & P. Van der Fluit (Ed.). (1999). Music for Karen Walker fashion show.

G. Downes & Verlaines (Ed.). (1999). Death and the maiden on 'Scarfies' motion picture soundtrack Recording for Flying Nun Records.

Downes, G. (1998). Patience is gone (On Barbara Manning in New Zealand Communion Records).

Downes, G. (1997). Verlaines CD Over the moon 486880.2.

Downes, G. (1997). Two fat sisters on God save the clean with Kilgour, D. (composer), Kilgour, H. (composer), and Scott, R. (composer) CD Flying nun recors FNCD409.

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Film/Video/CD Rom

Downes, G. (composer, performer & artwork) (2013). Juvenilia by The Verlaines [Remastered with 5 bonus tracks] [LP]. Auckland, New Zealand: Flying Nun Records. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

Downes, G. (2012). Introduction & Scherzo (for harp) in Pluck, performed by Helen Webby [CD-ROM]. Auckland, New Zealand: Ode Records. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

Downes, G. (composer & performer) (2011). Untimely Meditations by The Verlaines [CD-ROM]. Wellington, New Zealand: Flying Nun Records.

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Edited Book - Research

Bendrups, D., & Downes, G. (Eds.). (2011). Dunedin soundings: Place and performance. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press, 176p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Downes, G. (2011). Songwriting process in the Verlaines' album Corporate Moronic. In D. Bendrups & G. Downes (Eds.), Dunedin soundings: Place and performance. (pp. 43-56). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Downes, G. (2010). National identity? Who wants to know and why? In H. Johnson (Ed.), Many voices: Music and national identity in Aotearoa/New Zealand. (pp. 160-167). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars.

Downes, G. (2009). Hell held no terrors. In I. Chapman (Ed.), Glory days: From gumboots to platforms. (pp. 256-259). Auckland, New Zealand: Harper Collins.

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Journal - Research Other

Downes, G. A. (2004). [Review of two CDs: Shostakovich Symphony No 5, Leonard Bernstein, Symposium 1295 and MDK 44903]. Dmitri Shostakovich Journal, 20, 77-78. Retrieved from http://www.dschjournal.com/reviews/reviews/20.htm#op54,28-30

Downes, G. (2003). [Review of the recording Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich Violin Concertos]. DSCH Journal, 18, 77-78. Retrieved from http://www.dschjournal.com

Downes, G. (2003). [Review of the recording Shostakovich violin concerto no 1, Mendelssohn violin concerto]. DCSH Journal, 19, 63-64.

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Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Downes, G. (2002). Shostakovich and his Friends, (Concertos for Cello and Orchestra by Shostakovich, Vainberg, Levitine), Mark Drobinsky (Soloist), Walter Mnatzakanov, Fuat Mansurov (conductors), Russian State Cinematographic Orchestra, Kazan Symphony Orchestra. Shostakovich Journal, 17(July), 80-81.

Downes, G. (2002). Mravinsky: 1973 Tokyo Live, (Shostakovich, Symphony No.5 in D minor). Shostakovich Journal, 16, 73-74.

Downes, G. (2002). (radio presenter) Composer of the week: Anton Bruckner. Concert FM. Radio New Zealand.

Downes, G. (2001). Response to the feature article "What Does Music Educate?" by Malcolm Tait. Sound Ideas, 5(1), 11-13.

Downes, G. (2000). The Bachelor of Music in contemporary rock at Otago University - Why? Crescendo, 56, 18-21.

Downes, G. (1999). Positively George Street: A personal history of sneaky feelings and the Dunedin sound. Music in New Zealand, 66(Summer), 67.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Downes, G. (2008). The Verlaines Potboiler: Music on the edge of (in)competence. In D. Bendrups (Ed.), Music on the Edge: Selected papers from the 2007 International Association for the Study of Popular Music Australia/New Zealand Conference. (pp. 68-74). Dunedin, New Zealand: IASPM Australia/New Zealand. [Full Paper]

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Downes, G. (2009). National identity? Who wants to know and why? Proceedings of the New Zealand Music and National Identity Symposium. University of Otago. Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/music/conference/abstracts.html

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Downes, G. (2016, June). Calm sea and prosperous voyage: Cruising with Beethoven's Op. 127 Quartet in E flat. Verbal presentation at the Department of Music & Theatre Studies Research Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Downes, G. (2014, December). Cyclic rhythmicism in Brahm's Piano Trio, op. 101. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Musicological Society Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Downes, G. (2014, June). 'To the dreamers of immortality': Mahler, Nietzsche and the Third and Fourth Symphonies. Verbal presentation at the Department of Music & Theatre Studies Research Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Downes, G. (2012, October). Twin train wrecks and an unpalatable end: Beethoven's Cello Sonatas Opus 102, numbers 1 and 2. Verbal presentation at the Department of Music & Theatre Studies Research Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Downes, G. (2012, June). Murdering the chordal skip, the beautiful (and what else besides): Aspects of compositional process in Beethoven's C sharp minor Quartet Op. 131. Verbal presentation at the Department of Music & Theatre Studies Research Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Downes, G. (2011, January). Crossing over: An inclusive ethos and method in music education. Verbal presentation at the Institute of Registered Music Teachers of New Zealand Conference: Southern Gold, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Downes, G. (2011, June). Brahms' Piano Trio Opus 101 in C minor: Composing seven-ness, nine-ness and other assorted polymeters. Verbal presentation at the Department of Music & Theatre Studies Research Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Downes, G. (2010, October). The substance beneath the Dunedin sound: Symphonic procedures and the compositional genealogy of an indie scene. Verbal presentation at the Department of Music & Theatre Studies Research Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Downes, G. (2010, November). The substance beneath the Dunedin Sound: Symphonic procedures and the compositional genealogy of an indie scene. Verbal presentation at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music: Australia & New Zealand Chapter (IASPM-ANZ) Annual Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Fox, A., Brookes, B., & Downes, G. (2009, August-September). Problems and issues relating to the conceptualisation of national identity. Panel discussion at the New Zealand's National Identity Research Colloquium: Fact or Fiction? Dunedin, New Zealand.

Downes, G. (2009, February). Paraphrasing Hitler and boy racer envy: Intersections of historical, humanistic and tonal research in the forthcoming Verlaines' album Corporate Moronic. Verbal presentation at the Performance as Research: Department of Music Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Downes, G. (2007, November-December). The Verlaines Potboiler: Music on the edge of (in)competence. Verbal presentation at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music: Australia/New Zealand Branch Annual Conference: Music on the Edge, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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