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A TREMENDOUS CREATIVE OUTPUT

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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,
Sydney, Australia

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PETER SCULTHORPE

AUSTRALIA

OBOE MUSIC

DIDGERIDOO

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