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Introductions to Australian music

Explore Australia's diverse musical landscape

Australian music represents a diverse landscape of influences, styles and genres.
The introductions listed here provide starting points for users to engage with Australian music — highlighting significant artists, works and themes within a variety of topics.


Timeline of
Australian music
Pre-1945
1945-1959
1960s
1970s
1980s
1990s
2000s
Themes & influences in Australian music
Asian influences
Environmental influences
Indigenous influences
Landscape influences
Literary influences
Pop music influences
Spirituality & Religious music
Visual art influences
Women composers
Instrumental
music overviews
Bass Clarinet
Cello
Clarinet
Flute
Harp
Oboe
Percussion
Piano
Recorder
Saxophone
Viola
Chamber, orchestral
& dramatic music
Chamber & String Orchestra
Chamber String Ensembles
Concertos
Mixed Chamber Ensembles
Orchestra
Choral, vocal
& dramatic music
Music for choir a cappella
Choral music with orchestra
Opera, ballet and theatre
Solo voice

The content of these articles has been compiled by the Australian Music Centre with the generous assistance of Peter Blamey, Warren Burt, Jeanell Carrigan, Geoffrey Collins, Roslyn Dunlop, Clinton Green, Richard Haynes, Gordon Kerry, Genevieve Lacey, Stephanie McCallum, Marshall McGuire, Peter Neville, David Pereira, Patricia Pollett, Merlyn Quaife and Stephen Robinson.

We welcome complementary viewpoints on these topics and interested authors are encouraged to contact the AMC should you wish to contribute your perspective to these introductions.