About the book
Born in 1945 on the West Coast, she grew up as one of six sisters in a musical family in Christchurch. Dotty, as she’s known, graduated with a MusB (Hons) in composition and worked as a freelance composer, pianist, violinist and teacher, with students relishing her unconventional approach to music education. She went on to become a musical director, adjudicator and QEII Arts Council assessor and co-founded the publishing co-operative Nota Bene.
Her hundreds of compositions include collaborations with writers Witi Ihimaera, Margaret Mahy, Lauris Edmond and Fleur Adcock, and her awards include a CANZ Outstanding Achievement Award, a Suffrage Medal, and the ONZM. In the 1990’s Dorothy was part of the artistic directorate for three Composing Women’s festivals that showcased classical, rock, jazz, Māori and Pasifika music, and her own compositions.
Dorothy Buchanan’s story is told with her trademark modesty and humour and rings with her lifelong passion for music.