Edgar Bainton’s Australian symphonies

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McNeill, Rhoderick J.. 2010. "Edgar Bainton’s Australian symphonies." Conference on British Music (2010). Melbourne, Australia 17 - 19 Sep 2010 Melbourne, Australia.
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Edgar Bainton’s Australian symphonies

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AuthorMcNeill, Rhoderick J.
Number of Pages8
Year2010
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://arts.monash.edu.au/music/british-conference.php
Conference/EventConference on British Music (2010)
Event Details
Conference on British Music (2010)
Event Date
17 to end of 19 Sep 2010
Event Location
Melbourne, Australia
Abstract

Dr Edgar Bainton (1880-1956) was an established British composer at the time of his appointment as Head of the New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music in 1934. He then spent 22 years in Sydney, retaining the post of Head of the Con until his retirement in 1945 and then composing, conducting and examining during his last years. Bainton made a significant contribution to Australian musical life and, amongst other works, composed two symphonies which were given their world premieres in 1941 and 1957 respectively. Both works demonstrate Bainton’s skill in handling a musical idiom not dissimilar to that of Bax, but with a more convincing sense of musical continuity than his more famous contemporary. This paper will place Bainton’s 2nd and 3rd symphonies into its larger British and Australian symphonic context. The Third Symphony emerges as the last substantial Romantic/Impressionist symphony of the British composers from his generation.

KeywordsBainton; Symphony Australia; British composers
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020360306. Musicology and ethnomusicology
Public Notes

Unpublished. No evidence of copyright restrictions. This material will provide a portion of a chapter in author's book on Australian Symphonies from Federation to 1960.

Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Arts
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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