HE had a uniquely Australian sound and became our most acclaimed contemporary composer.
Peter Sculthorpe, who died this weekend, had a distinctly emblematic Australian voice that reflected the sparseness of our landscape. It resonated both at home and internationally.
I had the privilege to interview Sculthorpe and found him to be a charming, imaginative, humble man with a beautiful artistic spirit.
The Sydney Morning Herald’s classical music critic Peter McCallum said today that Sculthorpe’s passing was a loss for the music world. “His charm mixed with an instinct for austerity, spareness and an imagination for the sounds of a lonely Australian place created a uniquely distinctive musical voice.”
“Sculthorpe was the first Australian composer to create a distinctly Australian sound and style . Before Sculthorpe, most educated Australians could not have named an Australian composer. His genial influence on students and composers encouraged generations of composers to look inward rather than abroad to discover their own voice,” said McCallum
Here’s a brief example of this great man’s work. There’s plenty more on youtube if you wish to liste n