The Australian symphony from Federation to 1960

McNeill, Rhoderick (2014) The Australian symphony from Federation to 1960. Ashgate Publishing, Farnham, Surrey. England. ISBN 978-1-4094-4124-3

Abstract

The symphony retained its primacy as the most prestigious large-scale orchestral from throughout the first half of the twentieth century, particularly in Britain, Russia and the United States. Likewise, Australian composers produced a steady stream of symphonies throughout the period from Federation (1901) through to the end of the 1950s. Stylistically, these works ranged from essays in late nineteenth-century romanticism, twentieth-century nationalism, neo-classicism and near atonality. Australian symphonies were most prolific during the 1950s, with 36 local entries in the 1951 Commonwealth Jubilee Symphony competition. This extensive repertoire was overshadowed by the emergence of a new generation of composers and critics during the 1960s who tended to regard older Australian music as old-fashioned and derivative.
The Australian Symphony from Federation to 1960 is the first study of this neglected genre and has four aims: firstly to show the development of symphonic composition in Australia from Federation to 1960; secondly, to highlight the achievement of the main composers who wrote symphonies; thirdly, to advocate the restoration and revival of this repertory; and lastly, to take a step towards a recasting of the narrative of Australian concert music from Federation to the present. Symphonies by Marshall-Hall, Hart, Bainton, Hughes, Le Gallienne and Morgan emerge as works of particular value.


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Item Type: Book (Commonwealth Reporting Category A)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Rhoderick McNeill 2014. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2014 06:10
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2017 01:20
Uncontrolled Keywords: symphony; Australian music; 20th century composition; composers
Fields of Research : 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190406 Music Composition
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200204 Cultural Theory
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190409 Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950101 Music
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24518

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