Personalities | Peter Sculthorpe | Contemporary | Classical

Australian composer

Following a period of study in Oxford (1958–1960), Sculthorpe returned to Australia, where he remained until his death. A slightly self-conscious style of writing, whereby he added together many tiny parts, gave his work a clear personal stamp. Sculthorpe had a strong relationship with Aboriginal culture, writing works that were evocative of places (Mangrove, 1979), human spirituality (The Loneliness of Bunjil, 1954, rev. 1965) and events (Port Essington, 1977). Although often unsettling, Sculthorpe’s music regularly displayed his gift for beautiful melody.

Recommended Recording:
Irkanda IV, Australian SO (cond) Richard Tognetti (Chandos)

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