Dorothea Anne Franchi

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Dorothea Anne Franchi (17 February 1920 – 22 August 2003) was a New Zealand pianist, harpist, music educator and composer. She was born in Auckland, New Zealand, the daughter of Peter Rudolph Franchi, and studied at the University of Auckland and the Royal College of Music in London. In 1953 she took the position of musical director and pianist for the newly formed New Zealand Ballet Company, working with Paul Gnatt. She had a successful career as a pianist and harpist, and her works are performed internationally.[1][2]

Honors and awards[edit]

  • Lionel Tertis Prize for Viola Rhapsody, 1950
  • Philip Neill Memorial Prize, 1947
  • The KBB Citation for Services to New Zealand Music, 2000[3]


Franchi composed for orchestra, chamber ensmeble, voice and instrumental performance. Selected works include:

  • A Man of Life Upright for bass and piano
  • A Wet Night in Greymouth for voice and piano
  • Abel Tasman for voice, piccolo, piano and drum
  • Apple-Picking Time for voice and piano
  • Concertino for harmonica, harp and strings
  • Do-Wack-A-Do orchestral suite from the ballet of the same name
  • El Bailador Inamorado song cycle for tenor and piano
  • Eventide for tenor, string quartet and piano
  • Four Pioneer Portraits cycle of four songs for mezzo-soprano and piano
  • God Bless You Boy for voice and piano


  1. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 10 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Dorothea Anne Franchi". Retrieved 10 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Dees, Pamela Youngdahl (2004). A Guide to Piano Music by Women Composers: Women born after 1900.