The Symphony in Australia 1960-2020

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McNeill, Rhoderick. 2023. The Symphony in Australia 1960-2020. United Kingdom. Routledge.
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The Symphony in Australia 1960-2020

Book CategoryAuthored book
ERA Publisher ID3137
AuthorsMcNeill, Rhoderick
Page Range1-267
Number of Pages276
Year2023
PublisherRoutledge
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISBN9780367622923
9780367622947
9781003108740
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003108740
Web Address (URL)https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/mono/10.4324/9781003108740/symphony-australia-1960-2020-rhoderick-mcneill
Abstract

The Symphony remained a major orchestral form in Australia between 1960 and 2020, with a body of diverse and interesting symphonies produced during the 1960s and 1970s that defied the widespread modernist trends of serialism, electronic music and indeterminish that seemed harbingers of the symphony's demise. From the late 1970s onwards, many Australian composers chose to work in styles that admitted modal and tonal melodic and harmonic elements with regular pulse. Major cycles of symphonies by Carl Vine, Brenton Broadstock and Ross Edwards began to appear in the late 1980s. Other prolific symphonists like Paul Paviour (10 symphonies), David Morgan (15 symphonies), Philip Bracanin (11), Peter Tahourdin (5), John Polglase (7) and many others demonstrated a revised interest in the form.This trend continued into the first two decades of the present century with symphonies by Matthew Hindson, Katy Abbott, Stuart Greenbaum, Andrew Schultz, Mark Isaacs and Gordon Kerry. This renewed interest in the symphony reflects similar trends in Britain and the United States. Rhoderick McNeill provides a comprehensive introduction to the large body of music with the aim of making the music and its composers known to concert-goiers, music educators and students, conductors and music entrepreneurs.

KeywordsSymphonies orchestral music composition
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ANZSRC Field of Research 2020360306. Musicology and ethnomusicology
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