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Robert Allworth (1943-2017) : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: Ascension (quartets: 4 recorders) by Robert Allworth, from the CD Music for a champagne breakfast. Volume 2

Photo of Robert Allworth

Born in 1943, keen student of piano and theory of music at school. He did not, however, decide to take up composition seriously until his late teens.

Recognition came in 1965 when the ISCM selected a sonata for piano for performance in Stockholm. Since then there have been many public performances of Robert Allworth's chamber and solo works.

As a member of the Fellowship of Australian Composers and owner of Jade Records, Allworth has been responsible for producing over forty CDs of the music of his fellow composers and was recently recognised for his efforts in the promotion of contemporary music.

The composer writes:

To me, music must convey something about life, or create a poetic mood. My music draws its inspiration mostly from the sacred aspects of Roman Catholicism, from certain traditions of past eras in Western civilization, and from classic works of literature that fascinate me: usually literature about colourful people in the history of art and religion.

My music is nearly always a very personal reminiscing utterance, particularly of my love for places which have aspecial significance to me. And I am delighted, even at times surprised, when I other listeners can immerse themselves entirely in the nostalgic moods of my music. Yet I do write music not only to communicate with those of this current age, but to engage, through time itself, with future generations as well.

Although my compositional language does not follow, and resists being defined in reference to, any particular trend within contemporary music, some of my compositions do, on occasion, enter into more cerebral or abstract manifestations. A Different Time, A Different Place (for violin and piano) and Processional and Epilogue (for alto recorder and vibraphone) both make use of aleatoric techniques, for instance. Nevertheless, much of my oeuvre can be referred to loosely as either 'romantic', 'impressionistic', or, 'serial'.

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
1997 Order of Australia Medal of the Order In recognition of service to music as a composer and as an advocate of other Australian composer's works