The Australian symphony of the 1950s: a preliminary survey

McNeill, Rhoderick J. (2004) The Australian symphony of the 1950s: a preliminary survey. In: USQ Toowoomba and Postgraduate Research Forum, March 2004 and August 2004, Toowoomba and Brisbane, Australia.

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Abstract

Many symphonies were composed in Australia during the 1950s but these works are either neglected or unknown today. The Commonwealth Jubilee Symphony Competition of 1950-51 and the development of orchestras in each state of Australia sparked what could be termed Australia's 'Symphonic Decade'. Some of these symphonies attempted to project Australian nationalism.
This paper examines significant examples of this repertoire – including works by Hill, Douglas, Antill, Le Gallienne Hanson and Hughes – and its subsequent neglect. The writer urges a new look at these symphonies of the 1950s in light of the current revival of the symphony amongst present day Australian composers.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This paper was submitted to Musicology Australia in May 2004 but was unsuccessful. However, it has been quoted in journal articles, a book chapter and in notes accompanying commercial CDs.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Music
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2013 06:39
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2015 02:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia; symphony orchestra; composers; 1950's
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/7947

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