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Dr Graeme Downes – retired

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MusB(Hons) PhD (Otago)

Student successes

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), & Burns, R. (five-string bass) (2019, 13 April). Dunedin Symphony Orchestra: Tally Ho! 3: The Essential Dunedin Sound, Dunedin Town Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [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. (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. (vocalist, guitarist) (2016, 9 March). The Verlaines, New Zealand Festival, Shed 6, Wellington, New Zealand. [Performance].

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. (music director, singer), Adams, P. (conductor), Petersen, T. (concertmaster, first violin), & Burns, R. (five-string bass) (2019, 13 April). Dunedin Symphony Orchestra: Tally Ho! 3: The Essential Dunedin Sound, 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].

Performance

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

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

Performance

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

Performance

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

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].

Performance

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.

Performance

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

Performance

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.

Performance

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.

Performance

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.

Performance

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

Performance

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.

Performance

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

Performance

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

Composition / Musical Score

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

Composition / Musical Score

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

Composition / Musical Score

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.

Composition / Musical Score

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

Composition / Musical Score

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].

Film/Video/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].

Film/Video/CD Rom

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

Edited 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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

Downes, G. (2004). [Review of two CDs: Shostakovich Symphony No 5, Leonard Bernstein, Symposium 1295 and MDK 44903]. DSCH Journal, 20, 77-78. Retrieved from http://dschjournal.com/cd-reviews-20

Journal - Research Other

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

Journal - Research Other

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

Journal - Research Other

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

Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

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

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.

Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

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

Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

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

Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

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

Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

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]

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

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

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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