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To a distant beloved. Commentary and performance of Beethoven’s song cycle ‘An die ferne Geliebte’ Op. 98

Beethoven’s ‘An die ferne Geliebte’ is the first of many song cycles in the lieder and art song genre. Peter Mellalieu introduces the context and significance of ‘An die ferne Geiebte’ in relation to subsequent developments in the song cycle genre, such as Schubert’s ‘Winterreisse’ (A Winter Journey) and Mahler’s ‘Eines Fahrenden Gesellen” (Songs of a Wayfarer). Prepare for gloom, despair, and metaphoric journeys of the heart!

Performed with Dianne Harvey (piano) at Auckland Lieder Group, July 27, 2014.

Introduction and commentary:

Additional peformances by Peter Mellalieu

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Peter Mellalieu is a creative designer and implementer of tertiary education and professional development programmes. Specifically, he focusses on developing the natural, unique strengths of innovators, intrapreneurs, entrepreneurs, strategists, and those who work in their teams. His distinctive role is contributing his flair for rapid learning, strategic insight, new venture team building, and ‘path-blazing’ new directions.

Peter’s early career as a bio-industrial engineer focussed on improving the long-term business perfomance of significant New Zealand agribusiness industries including dairy processing, apple and pear, and wheat. Following training in military engineering (best sapper!), diplomacy and public policy he later taught adventure-based team learning, entrepreneurship, and military strategy at Massey University.

His current development themes at Unitec Institute of Technology include: Coaching students to improve productivity and innovation through the ‘greening’ of business; Drawing lessons WITH exemplary IT-enabled new ventures; Deploying ‘Learning Analytics’ for rapid/early identification of failure prone and high performance students; and promoting the adoption of ‘Integrated Reporting’ (IR) strategic development frameworks.

Specialties: Business productivity improvement; Enterprise development; Strategic thinking; Strengths-based approaches to coaching; Personal and professional coaching of innovators, entrepreneurs, and strategists; Business case history writing; Transmedia production; Operations research; Learning Analytics; Programme evaluation and design; New pedagogy development and implementation.

In-country experience in southern Africa (Botswana), Belgium, United Kingdom, United States, New Zealand.


Calon Lân by Fanau

Fanau perform the Welsh hymn ‘Calon Lân’ at the official opening of the ‘Mind Lab by Unitec’ partnership programme.

The words of ‘Calon Lân’ were written in the 19th century by Daniel James (23 January 1848 - 11 March 1920) to a tune by John Hughes (1872-1914). Although a hymn, the song has become a song also associated with Welsh rugby union, being sung before almost every Test match involving the Welsh national team (“Calon Lân,” 2014).

In this performance, ‘Fanua’ introduces two new singers, Foto Waqabaca (student) and Peter Mellalieu, associate professor of innovation and operations management. Foto and Peter join ‘Fanau’ foundation members Lynn John (Director), Chris Stoddard, Karl Martin, and, on drums, Menno Besseling. Before emmigrating to New Zealand, Peter grew up in South Wales singing in Llandaff Cathedral Choir and playing left wing in the Llandaff C/W Primary School.

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Peter Mellalieu in Llandaff Cathedral Choir, circa 1965.

Calon lân

Nid wy’n gofyn bywyd moethus,

Aur y byd na’i berlau mân:

Gofyn wyf am galon hapus,

Calon onest, calon lân.

Calon lân yn llawn daioni,

Tecach yw na’r lili dlos:

Dim ond calon lân all ganu

Canu’r dydd a chanu’r nos.

I don’t ask for a luxurious life,

the world’s gold or its fine pearls,

I ask for a happy heart,

an honest heart, a pure heart.

A pure heart full of goodness

Is fairer than the pretty lily,

None but a pure heart can sing,

Sing in the day and sing in the night.

Hear also:

Unitec Fanau sings “Ke Arona” at the Mind Lab by Unitec. Innovation & chaos … in search of optimality. Retrieved June 12, 2014, from

Fanau Singers Playlist. Retrieved from


Calon Lân. (2014, June 11). In Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved from

Unitec Fanau sings ‘Ke Arona’ at the Mind Lab by Unitec 

Lynn John introduces the members of ‘Fanau’ at the public launch of the ‘Mind Lab by Unitec’ partnership programme.

Fanau perfom ‘Ke Arona’, a Xhosa resistance song. The arrangement is by Siphiwo Lubambo, formerly ANC Cultural Representative in Australia.

The Mind Lab by Unitec offers a new qualification for teachers giving them the skills and hands-on experience they need to deliver 21st century technology-based learning in their classrooms.

'Fanua' introduces two new singers, Foto Waqabaca (student) and Associate Professor Peter Mellalieu. Foto and Peter join 'Fanau' foundation members Lynn John (Director), Chris Stoddard, Karl Martin, and, on drums, Menno Besseling.

Hear also

Fanau Singers Playlist. Retrieved from

Further information

Introducing The Mind Lab by Unitec: 21st century technology-based learning. (2014, May 15). Innovation & chaos … in search of optimality. Retrieved June 12, 2014, from

About The Mind Lab by Unitec. (n.d.). The Mind Lab. Retrieved from

The Mind Lab. (n.d.). Facebook. Retrieved June 12, 2014, from

Beethoven’s “Adelaide” Opus 46, (circa 1795), performed by Peter Mellalieu and Dianne Harvey (piano).

Performed at Auckland Clef Music Club “Paint a Picture” concert programme.

Fickling Centre, Three Kings, Auckland.

20 May 2014 

D-Day 70th Anniversary: NZ Warbirds 1944-2014

On 6 June, 1944, the largest seaborne invasion in history began, undertaken by the allied forces including the United States, Britain, and Canada. The invasion, commencing on what was code-named  D-Day, began with an amphibious landing preceded by an airborne assault and naval bombardment. 

The purpose of the invasion was to re-establish allied ground forces in western Europe, subsequently enabling the defeat of NAZI Germany in 1945 as allied Soviet forces joined from the east. (“Normandy landings,” 2014)

On June 1, 2014, NZ Warbirds and the NZ Military Reenactment Society conducted this re-enactment of one scene from the D-Day invasion. A Rolls-Royce Supermarine Spitfire joins the skies for the aerial assault along with several other historic airplanes and vehicles from WW-II.

Embedded with the invasion force, Peter “JXN” Mellalieu presents his newsreels from the first day of action.

Key event

From 4”45’: Spitfire executes “victory roll”.

Additional photographs

Mellalieu, P. J. (2014, June 8). D-Day 70th Anniversary: NZ Warbirds 1944-2014 [photograph album]. Zenfolio | Peter Mellalieu’s Zenfolio Photograph Albums. Retrieved June 8, 2014, from

Technical notes

Video and images: Canon EOS 600.

Edited using iMovie.

Background theme music: iMovie

Outtrack: “Is my team ploughing”, composed by George Butterworth (12 July 1885 – 5 August 1916) on a poem by A. E. Housman (1859-1936). Sung by Peter Mellalieu, Auckland Lieder Group Inc, 2012.

Sound effects: I must confess! My sound recording of the aeroplanes and battle scene was mostly inaudible due to a faulty connection between my Rode Shotgun microphone and Canon camera. I needed just four special effects tracks from SoundDog. Brilliantly authentic and cost effective. The sounds I used are Spitfire taxiing and takeoff sounds, a WWII battle, and an aerial dogfight.

New Zealand Warbirds

NZ Military Re-enactment Society

Historical context

Animated Map: The D-Day Landings. (n.d.). BBC - History - World Wars. Retrieved June 3, 2014, from

Bassett, A. (2014, June 3). D-Day: “There was nowhere to hide.” New Zealand Herald. Retrieved from

D-Day - World War II. (n.d.). Retrieved June 3, 2014, from

D-Day and the Battle of Normandy: Your questions answered. (n.d.). D-Day Museum and Overlord Embroidery. Retrieved June 3, 2014, from

D-Day Overview. (n.d.). National D-Day Memorial. Retrieved June 3, 2014, from

Normandy landings. (2014, June 5). In Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved from

Stone, A. (2014, May 31). WWII Kiwi airmen our “best and brightest.” New Zealand Herald. Retrieved from

Further reading

“Is My Team Ploughing?” A.E. Housman, Introduction to Poetry (W). (n.d.). Retrieved from