Peter Sculthorpe: The Making of an Australian Composer

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NewSouth, Oct 1, 2015 - Biography & Autobiography - 700 pages
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 Peter Sculthorpe, who died in 2014, remains Australia’s best-known composer and is widely held to be the most important creative musical spirit the country has produced. Beautifully written and fastidiously researched, this authorised biography provides an insight into Sculthorpe’s formation years: his quest for personal voice, and his arrival – through many creative friendships and collaborations – at a place in the collective heart of the nation. It charts the realisation of a youthful vocation to become not merely a composer, but an Australian composer. Graeme Skinner’s biography is also a social history, examining Sculthorpe’s unique role in the creation of Australian musical modernism in the 1960s – an important era in Australia’s cultural evolution.

 

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Contents

Foreword
A small place 19291938
Out of step 19391945
To the mainland 19461950
Strings in the earth and air 19511955
Ulterior motifs 19561958
Dreaming spires 19581960
The fifth continent 19611963
A dazzling progress 19631964
Notes
Index
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About the author (2015)

Graeme Skinner lives in Sydney. An independent scholar, musicologist, writer, and researcher, he has specialist interests in the history of Australian music and early Spanish chant and polyphony.

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