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music of David Lumsdaine

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The music of David Lumsdaine : Kelly Ground to Cambewarra / Michael Hooper.

  • xii, 232 p. : ill., music ; 24 cm.
  • Published by Ashgate — 2012
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Australian Artists Analysed in this Book

  Artist
Cambewarra (1980) by David Lumsdaine
Hagoromo (1977) by David Lumsdaine
Kelly ground (1966) by David Lumsdaine
Mandala 3 (1978) by David Lumsdaine
Ruhe sanfte, sanfte ruh' (1974) by David Lumsdaine
 David Lumsdaine

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Australian by birth but a long-time resident of Great Britain, David Lumsdaine (b.1931) is central to both Australian and British modernism. During the early 1970s Australian musical modernism was at its height. Lumsdaine and his Australian contemporaries were engaged with practices from multiple places, producing music that displays the attributes of their disparate influences; in so doing they formed a new conception of what it meant to be an Australian composer. The period is similarly important in Britain, for it saw the rise to prominence of composers such as Birtwistle, Davies, Goehr, Gilbert, Wood, Cardew and many others who were Lumsdaine's contemporaries, colleagues and friends.

Hooper presents here a series of analyses of Lumsdaine's compositions, focusing on works written between 1966 and 1980. At the early end of this period is Kelly Ground, for solo piano. One of Lumsdaine's first acknowledged works, Kelly Ground connects explicitly with the music of high modernism, employing ideas about temporality as espoused by Ligeti, Stockhausen and Boulez, to form a new ritual for the (now mythical) Australian outlaw Ned Kelly. Hooper places Lumsdaine's music in the context of Australian and British avant-gardes, and reveals its elegance, lyricism and technical virtuosity.

ISBN: 9781409428763

Includes bibliography, discography and index.


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