A TREMENDOUS CREATIVE OUTPUT
GEOFF PEARCE muses on
the career of Peter Sculthorpe
Most people in the classical music world will know of the death, aged eighty-five, of Peter Sculthorpe, the best known and most famous Australian composer of the latter half of the twentieth century. One wonders with surprise why someone with such a tremendous creative output — 393 compositions are listed between 1941 and 2012, including eighteen string quartets — should be so little known outside his native Australia.
I have only ever played in a performance of one Sculthorpe work — Music for Japan, written in 1970 for that year's World Expo in Japan, and performed by the Australian Youth Orchestra for that event...
Copyright © 1 September 2014 Geoff Pearce,