Two Australian symphonies in one movement: Horace Perkins's Elegiac symphony and Felix Gethen's symphony in E flat

McNeill, Rhoderick J. (2013) Two Australian symphonies in one movement: Horace Perkins's Elegiac symphony and Felix Gethen's symphony in E flat. Context: Journal of Music Research (38). pp. 11-22. ISSN 1038-4006

Abstract

This article explores two Australian symphonies in one movement that date from the 1950s. The Elegiac Symphony of Horace Perkins (1903-1987) was a response to the composer's first hand experience as a combatant in the Battle of Buna in December 1942. The work is cast in one long movement of about 37 minutes duration and is linked programmatically with the events of the battle and its aftermath. The Symphony in E flat by Felix Gethen is a shorter work that is not programatic. Nevertheless, like the Perkins work, it includes prominent references to traditional tunes. Both composers, one in South Australia, the other in Tasmania, were Directors of Music for the ABC in their respective states and were important musicians during the 1950s. Both are now undeservedly forgotten and neglected and these works have not been heard since the late 1950s.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2014 Rhoderick McNeill. 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: 01 Apr 2015 02:09
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2016 03:41
Uncontrolled Keywords: symphony; Australian orchestras; composers
Fields of Research : 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: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950101 Music
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26846

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