Magic and mystery
A half world away and a century later, the influence of Busoni is firmly planted in Australia.
The music of Larry Sitsky,
by GORDON RUMSON
Larry Sitsky is one of the foremost musicians of Australia. A composer,
pianist, teacher, author and scholar, he excels in each area.
As composer he has created hundreds of works in all genres, including
major operas. His setting of De Profundis by Wilde is a powerful
testament, while his Violin concerto on themes by George Gurdjieff, which
might remind one of the music of Alan Hovhaness, is an evocative and deeply
As pianist, and he studied with Egon Petri, Larry Sitsky has performed
the standard repertoire as well as the lesser known compositions by Anton
As scholar he has written on Busoni, Rubinstein, the Russian avant
garde, the Piano Roll in history, all with panache and brilliance. Another
book is soon to be released and yet another is planned.
He has achieved all of this while maintaining a full teaching schedule
and a relentless drive towards cultural absorption. In one interview he
mentioned that he read two books a week. Some of us have trouble reading
two books a month!
He has written operas, like the gigantic Golem and is currently
working on music for a silent film. His second symphony is also underway
while his first symphony received great acclaim just recently.
Copyright © 7 April 2002
Gordon Rumson, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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