Peter Sculthorpe: The Making of an Australian Composer

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UNSW Press, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 693 pages
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Peter Sculthorpe is Australia’s best-known living composer and is widely held to be the most important composer the country has yet produced. This, the first biography of the composer, tells the fascinating story of his rise to prominence. Beautifully written and fastidiously researched, this authorized biography provides an insight into Sculthorpe's formative years: his quest for a personal voice, and his arrival—through many creative friendships and collaborations—at a place in the collective heart of the nation. It is also a social history, charting the rise of modernism in Australian music through the eyes of its key player.
 

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Contents

Foreword
1
A small place 19291938
15
Out of step 19391945
54
To the mainland 19461950
92
Strings in the earth and air 19511955
142
Ulterior motifs 19561958
168
Dreaming spires 19581960
200
The fifth continent 19611963
252
A dazzling progress 19631964
309
Always austere Australian 1965
362
Imaginary landscapes 1966
422
Full of tunes 19671968
472
The love thing 19681970
514
The stars turn 19711972
566
Rebirth 19731974
613
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About the author (2007)

\Graeme Skinner is a Sydney-based freelance musicologist, writer, researcher, and reviewer with more than 20 years of professional experience working in the field of classical music. He is currently a National Library of Australia 2007 Harold White Fellow.

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