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Professor Anthony Ritchie

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PhD, MusB(Hons) (Canterbury)
Joined the staff in 2000

Tel 64 3 479 8881
Email anthony.ritchie@otago.ac.nz

Research Expertise

  • Composition
  • 20th century music
  • New Zealand music

Postgraduate Supervision

  • Composition
  • 20th century music
  • New Zealand music

Student Successes

  • One of my earliest students was Michael Norris who is now an established composer and teaches at the NZ School of Music in Wellington.
  • Both Tecwyn Evans and Holly Mathieson studied composition with me and have gone onto successful careers as conductors.
  • Ryan Youens was a student of mine. He is an emerging composer based in Auckland, and has developed his own music copying business.
  • Supervised Andrew Filmer for his PhD - Andrew has subsequently become a lecturer in music in Malaysia
  • Matt Caradus was one of my composition students and has gone on to a free-lance career as a film composer
  • Supervised Trevor Coleman to become the first Doctor of Musical Arts in composition, in the Music Department. To quote Trevor: “Anthony has been consistently helpful to my progress on every level.”
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Creative Outputs

A selection of Creative Outputs available as Audio and Audio-Visual Recordings

  • Ritchie, Anthony D, Purakaunui at Dawn (2014) and Clarinet Quintet (2006 revised 2014), recorded by The Dalecarlia Quintet, Sweden on the CD Fjarran: Music by Ross Harris and Anthony Ritchie, Atoll CD, 2015.  This CD won the best classical album of the year at the NZ Music Awards 2016.
  • Ritchie, Anthony Wind Quintet (2009) on the CD, Zephyr: Music for Winds, Atoll CD, ACD 716. This CD was nominated for the NZ Music Awards, 2016.
  • Ritchie, Anthony He is Starlight for brass band (2015) on the CD The Woolstonian, recorded by The Woolston Band, Christchurch to celebrate its 125th anniversary.
  • Ritchie, Anthony D, Father and Son: Music by John and Anthony Ritchie. Includes Variations for G.B.P. for violin and organ, Four Duets for Two Violins, Thoughts from an Inner Garden, song cycle, by Anthony Ritchie. Ode CDMANU5167, 2015.
  • Ritchie, Anthony D, Symphony No.4, Stations, Atoll Records, October 2014. Published with the assistance of a Humanities grant.
  • Ritchie, Anthony D, A Bugle Will Do: Symphonic Works by Anthony Ritchie. The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, under Tecwyn Evans. Atoll Records, 2011.
  • Ritchie, Anthony D, Octopus: Anthony Ritchie Chamber Music. Members of The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and Alexa Still, flute. Atoll Records, 2011.
  • Ritchie, Anthony D, Expressions: Piano Music by Anthony Ritchie. Pianist, Tom McGrath. Ode/Manu Records, 2010.
  • Ritchie, Anthony D, Remember Parihaka: Orchestral music of Anthony Ritchie. Auckland Chamber Orchestra. Atoll CD 129, 2009.
  • Ritchie, Anthony D, NZ Poets in Song, CD of songs by Anthony Ritchie. Ode Records, 2008
  • Ritchie, Anthony D., Symphonies No.1 and 2. Christchurch Symphony. Kiwi Pacific Records. 2007.
  • Ritchie, Anthony D., Chamber music by Anthony Ritchie. Kiwi Pacific Records. 2006. Includes Viola Sonata, The Blue Sonata for cello and piano, Piano Trio, Oppositions for piano quartet.
  • Ritchie, Anthony D., 24 Preludes for piano, with Sharon Joy Vogan, Atoll Records, 2005.
  • Ritchie, Anthony D., Viola Concerto, with Penn State Orchestra and Timothy Deighton, on CD Viola Aotearoa, Atoll Records, 2002.
  • Ritchie, Anthony D., Southern Journeys, for orchestra and film, Natural History NZ video, released 2001. Permanent installation, 'Southern Lands, Southern People' gallery, opened 2002, Otago Museum, and Dunedin Airport.
  • Ritchie, Anthony D., From the Southern Marches, for choir and orchestra, 1998, Southern Sinfonia and City of Dunedin Choir, Otago Heritage Books CD.
  • Ritchie, Anthony D., Flute Concerto, Alexa Still flute, with NZSO, Koch CD, 1997
  • Ritchie, Anthony D., The Hanging Bulb for orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Continuum Music, 1995. Also released as part of an educational resource on SOUNZwrite CD, 1999.
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Further creative outputs (live performances of compositions) by Anthony Ritchie can be viewed/listened to at the following sites

http://sounz.org.nz/works/show/21787

  • Violin Concerto (2012)

http://sounz.org.nz/works/show/21921

  • Coverings (2013) for choir and harp

http://sounz.org.nz/works/show/21464

  • Spring String Trio (2013) for violin, viola and cello

http://sounz.org.nz/works/show/21721

  • This Other Eden (2014) opera in two acts.

http://sounz.org.nz/works/show/22111

  • Gouache from Portrait of F. H. (2009) for orchestra

http://sounz.org.nz/works/show/20974

Anthony’s most recent major composition, the oratorio Gallipoli to the Somme will be broadcast on RNZ Concert on the evening of November 11, 2016 – Armistice Day. Following that, the performance will be available to be viewed online, via the SOUNZ website.


Further creative outputs by Anthony Ritchie can be heard on Naxos online


Piano Preludes
http://uotago.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=ACD504

Octopus: Anthony Ritchie Chamber Music
http://uotago.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=ACD112

A Bugle Will Do: Symphony No.3 and other symphonic works by Anthony Ritchie
http://uotago.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=ACD741

Viola Concerto on the CD Viola Aotearoa
http://uotago.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=ACD202

Widow’s Songs for choir on the CD Spirit of the Land: New Zealand choral music
http://uotago.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=MMT2065

Yet Another Poem of Spring for orchestra, on the CD Landscapes
http://uotago.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=MMT2037

Pink and White for organ, on the CD Pink and White
http://uotago.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=ACD605

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Other Resources about Anthony Ritchie


A new online resource about Anthony’s four symphonies has been published by SOUNZ, including recordings and background information, plus an introduction by the composer.
See http://sounz.org.nz/content/ARitchieSymphonies

A Year of Anthony Ritchie: An Interview by Charlotte Wilson
SOUNZ website:
http://sounz.org.nz/resources/show/1202

Music of the Soul – Music by Anthony Ritchie
In the magazine Down in Edin
http://issuu.com/downinedinmagazine/docs/down_in_edin_issue_two

A new online resource about Anthony’s four symphonies has been published by SOUNZ, including recordings and background information, plus an introduction by the composer.
See http://sounz.org.nz/content/ARitchieSymphonies

For further information on Anthony Ritchie see: www.anthonyritchie.co.nz

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Other Musical and Community Activities

  • ‘Composer Mentor for the NZSO Todd Young Composers Awards'
  • 'Judge for numerous composition competitions, including The Sounz Contemporary Awards and The Chamber Music NZ Composition Competition.’
  • Judge for The Big Sing
  • ‘Organiser of the Lilburn Trust Student Composers Competition at Otago University’
  • ‘Organiser of NZ Music Month Concerts at Otago University’
  • Board member for The Caselberg Trust, helping select artists and musicians for the Caselberg Artists Residency, Dunedin, 2011-15.
  • Co-conductor for The Dunedin Youth Orchestra
  • I play croquet and ches

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Publications

Ritchie, A. (composer) (2014). Stations: Symphony No. 4 [CD-ROM]. Auckland, New Zealand: Atoll. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

Ritchie, A. (2010). Symphony No 3. Premiered by the Southern Sinfonia and recorded for Radio New Zealand Concert, Otago Festival of the Arts.

Ritchie, A. (composer) (2011). A Bugle Will Do: Symphony No. 3 and other Symphonic Works, performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Tecwyn Evans [CD-ROM]. Auckland, New Zealand: Atoll.

Ritchie, A. (composer) (2011). Octopus: Chamber Music [CD-ROM]. Auckland, New Zealand: Atoll.

Ritchie, A. (composer) (2013). Salaam, opus 172, for S.S.A.A.T.T.B.B. choir unaccompanied. Written for the Belgium choir Aquarius, on request from conductor Marc Michael De Smet, text (poems) by prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. [Composition/Musical Score].

Composition / Musical Score

Ritchie, A. (composer) (2014). This Other Eden, opus 175, opera in two acts, libretto by Michelanne Forster. [Composition/Musical Score].

Ritchie, A. (2014). Revelations (1998), for symphony orchestra. Wellington, New Zealand: Promethean Editions [Published score]. [Composition/Musical Score].

Ritchie, A. (composer) (2013). Salaam, opus 172, for S.S.A.A.T.T.B.B. choir unaccompanied. Written for the Belgium choir Aquarius, on request from conductor Marc Michael De Smet, text (poems) by prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. [Composition/Musical Score].

Ritchie, A. (composer) (2013). Symphony No.4, opus 171, Stations for soprano and orchestra. Composed for the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, and dedicated to those in Christchurch who suffered in the earthquakes. [Composition/Musical Score].

Ritchie, A. (composer) (2013). Touched, opus 170, for solo piano. Commissioned by Stephen de Pledge for inclusion in the Chamber Music New Zealand Series, 2014, and recorded on Saravejo: A Collection of New Zealand Piano Works, (2017), performed by Jian Liu. Auckland, New Zealand: Atoll Records. [Composition/Musical Score].

Ritchie, A. (2012). Symphony No. 3 (2010). Wellington, New Zealand: Promethean Editions [Published score]. [Composition/Musical Score].

Ritchie, A. (2012). Clouds (2005), for trombone & piano. Wellingborough, UK: Prima Vista Musikk [Published score]. [Composition/Musical Score].

Ritchie, A. (composer) (2012). Violin Concerto, opus 165. [Composition/Musical Score].

Ritchie, A. (2010). Symphony No 3. Premiered by the Southern Sinfonia and recorded for Radio New Zealand Concert, Otago Festival of the Arts.

Ritchie, A. (2010). This Sea We Cross Over, opus 148, for choir a cappella. Based on a text by Jenny Bornholdt and commissioned by Choirs Aotearoa New Zealand Trust.

Ritchie, A. (2010). Line Dances, opus 156, music for dance, solo piano. Commissioned by Daniel Belton and Good Company, for performances in the Otago Festival of the Arts.

Ritchie, A. (2010). Mountains & Rivers, opus 154, for choir. Commissioned by the Jubilate Singers, for a New Zealand landscape themed concert of New Zealand music.

Ritchie, A. (2009). Echoes, opus 145, for gamelan. Composed for the Puspawarna Gamelan Group at the University of Otago.

Ritchie, A. (2009). Olinda, opus 145, for unaccompanied choir. Composed for the National Youth Choir of New Zealand to commemorate their 30th anniversary.

Ritchie, A. (2009). Wind Quintet, opus 142. Commissioned by Chamber Music New Zealand Trust to be performed by Zephyr.

Ritchie, A. (2009). Portrait of FH, for orchestra. Commissioned by the Southern Sinfonia, for performance in the Otago Heritage Festival.

Ritchie, A. (2009). Flute Concerto. Wellington, New Zealand: Massey University Music, New Zealand School of Music.

Ritchie, A. (2009). Clouds on Gung-Ho: Virtuoso Works for Trombone, performed by David Bremner with the National Band of New Zealand. Auckland, New Zealand: Atoll Records [CD-ROM].

Ritchie, A. (2009). A Little Sleep, opus 147, for piano. Composed for Tom McGrath.

Ritchie, A. (2008). Piano concerto no. 3. Commissioned by the Manukau City Symphony Orchestra [CD-ROM].

Ritchie, A. (2008). French Overture, opus 134. Composed for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Ritchie, A. (2008). Words are my notes, Song cycle for mezzo soprano, viola and piano, with poems by Christopher Marshall. Commissioned by Christopher Marshall, for inclusion in the chamber music series Christopher's Classics.

Ritchie, A. (2008). Meditation, for violin and piano. Commissioned by Tessa Peterson and John Van Buskirk, for inclusion in Oriental Phantasy: A Concert to Celebrate the Opening of the Chinese Gardens, Dunedin.

Ritchie, A. (2008). Nocturne & sunrise, Trio for flute, viola & guitar. Commissioned by Serenata a Tre, for performance during their 2009 tour of New Zealand..

Ritchie, A. (2007). Brass Quintet, recorded by NZ Chamber Brass on New Zealand Works for Brass Quintet. NZChamber Brass [CD-ROM].

Ritchie, A. (2007). Octet, op.129, for clarinet, bassoon, horn, 2 violins, viola, cello and bass.

Ritchie, A. (2007). Song of Hope, recorded by the Graduate Choir of New Zealand, Terence Maskell (conductor) on A Sound Came From Heaven. Atoll [CD-ROM].

Ritchie, A. (2007). Flute Sonata, composed for Alexa Still.

Ritchie, A. (2006). Clarinet Quintet. Commissioned by Christopher Marshall for his chamber music series. Written for Gretchen Dunsmore, clarinet, and the New Zealand String Quartet.

Ritchie, A. (2006). Berlin Fragments, recorded by Judy Bellingham (soprano), Terence Dennis (piano) and Debbie Rawson (clarinet) on Songs by Dorothy Buchanan, David Hamilton, Anthony Ritchie, John Ritchie. Ode Record Company [CD-ROM].

Ritchie, A. (2006). Whalesong, for solo double bass and orchestra. Commissioned by The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and composed for soloist, Dale Gold.

Ritchie, A. (2006). Widow's Songs, on New Zealand Voices: Spirit of the Land. Tower Voices New Zealand, Conducted by Karen Grylls [CD-ROM].

Ritchie, A. (2006). The God Boy Opera, libretto by Jeremy Commons. Dunedin, New Zealand, Bellbird Publications [CD-ROM].

Ritchie, A. D. (2005). Piano preludes, 24 preludes for piano performed by Sharon Vogan Recorded by Atoll, ACD 504. Retrieved from https://atoll.co.nz/album/piano-preludes/

Ritchie, A. (2005). Tui. Commissioned by Bridget Douglas and recorded on Taurangi: New Zealand Music for Flute and Piano. HRL Morrison Music Trust [CD-ROM].

Ritchie, A., & Hoar, S. (2004). Quartet, opera for four singers and string quartet. Sounding Theatre, Te Papa, Wellington.

Ritchie, A. D. (2003). String quartet no.2.

Ritchie, A. D. (2003). Timeless land.

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Film/Video/CD Rom

Ritchie, A. (composer), Egenes, J. (producer), & Holland, M. (engineer) (2015). Father & son: Music by John and Anthony Ritchie. Auckland, New Zealand: Ode Records. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

Ritchie, A. (composer) (2014). Stations: Symphony No. 4 [CD-ROM]. Auckland, New Zealand: Atoll. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

Ritchie, A. (2012). Purakaunui at Dawn (2014) and Clarinet Quintet (2006, revised 2014) in Fjärran: In the distance, performed by the Dalecarlia Clarinet Quintet [CD-ROM]. Auckland, New Zealand: Atoll. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

Ritchie, A. (composer) (2011). A Bugle Will Do: Symphony No. 3 and other Symphonic Works, performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Tecwyn Evans [CD-ROM]. Auckland, New Zealand: Atoll.

Ritchie, A. (composer) (2011). Octopus: Chamber Music [CD-ROM]. Auckland, New Zealand: Atoll.

Ritchie, A. (2008). New Zealand Poets in Song: Anna and Matthew Leese Sing Songs by Anthony Ritchie [CD-ROM]. Auckland, New Zealand: Ode Records.

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Creative Work

Ritchie, A. D. (2002). Viola Concerto on CD Viola Aotearoa. Auckland: Atoll Records.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Ritchie, A. (2011). A common thematic: Seven songs by Anthony Ritchie. In D. Bendrups & G. Downes (Eds.), Dunedin soundings: Place and performance. (pp. 103-114). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

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