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28 January 2010

Memorial concert celebrates Richard Meale

Richard Meale Image: Richard Meale  
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Richard Meale's life and work will be celebrated in a free memorial concert at the Sydney Conservatorium on 14 February at 3pm. The composer of Voss and one of the most important creative artists of his generation, Meale passed away on 23 November last year.

The concert program ranges from Meale's very early Rhapsody (1950), his modernist Flute Sonata (1960), the piano solo Coruscations (1970) and Cantilena Pacifica (5th movement of String Quartet No. 2, 1987) through to the composer's more recent works, Arabesque (2001) for solo trumpet and Intrada (2003) for organ, trumpets and percussion. The performing musicians are Andrew Evans, Paul Goodchild, Brett McKern, Daryl Pratt, Alison Eddington, Clemens Leske, Matt Bailey, Geoffrey Collins, Belinda Jezek, John Martin and the Goldner String Quartet.

The program also includes a 14-minute film The Journey of Voss, courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive.

Further links

Richard Meale - AMC profile (biography, list of works, articles, recordings etc.)
Memorial concert 14 February at 3pm - more event and work details in the AMC Calendar
Richard Meale 1932-2009 - a news article on Resonate
Richard Meale - eulogy by Andrew Ford
Vale Richard Meale (24 August 1932 - 23 November 2009) - personal memoirs by David Worrall and Ross Edwards. Feature article on Resonate.
'Restless spirit found the music in Voss' - an obituary by Vincent Plush (The Australian, 24 November 2009
Vale Dr Richard Meale AM MBE - news item on APRA website
'A Composer's Legacy' - an article by Robyn Holmes in the National Library of Australia's Gateways

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