John Antill's Symphony on a City (1959) and its place within the Australian symphonic repertory of the 1950s

McNeill, Rhoderick (2004) John Antill's Symphony on a City (1959) and its place within the Australian symphonic repertory of the 1950s. In: Symposium of the International Musicological Society (SIMS 2004), 12-17 Jul 2004, Melbourne, Australia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

John Antill is often perceived as being a 'one work' composer owing to the prominence and success of Corroboree. The remainder of his large output is largely neglected. Symphony on a City, commissioned by and dedicated to the City of Newcastle in 1959, is described by James Murdoch (1972) as a major work that has been performed only once. Roger Covell (1967) wrote that the symphony 'should be heard again, because in it Antill does find, even if only momentarily, other ways of representing energy at high voltage'. Perhaps this is the work that could provide a counter-balance to the predominance of Corroboree in Antill's work. This paper describes the formal and stylistic aspects of the symphony, relates it to Corroboree and Antill's overall orchestral output and then places the work against the backdrop of Australian symphonies of the 1950s and the wider international context. The symphony emerges as one of the more important Australian symphonic works of its period and worthy of preservation and revival.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Musicological Society of Australia
Depositing User: Dr Rhod McNeill
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Music
Date Deposited: 14 May 2010 08:03
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2013 01:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: John Antill; symphony; Australia; Newcastle; 1959; corroboree
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190406 Music Composition
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190409 Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950101 Music
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7946

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