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Paul Lowin Prize 1999

1999 Winners

The winners of the 1999 Paul Lowin Prizes were announced at the Australian Music Centre Awards, at the Sydney Opera House, on 20 September 1999. The following prizes were awarded and highly commended works announced:

Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize ($25,000)

Michael Smetanin for The Shape of Things to Pass

This piece, 12.5 minutes long, was commissioned by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra 20th Century Ensemble, with the premiere performance taking place in March 2000.

'The Shape of Things to Pass demonstrates an assured individual voice and a superb control of instrumental colour. The restraint in the choice of musical material and the imaginative use of quartertones have resulted in a piece of sustained emotional intensity and structural integrity. Here is an original sound that is relevant to our time.'

Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize ($15,000)

Raffaele Marcellino for Canticle

Premiered in May 1999 in St Stephens Cathedral, Brisbane.

'...an impressive fresco. The idiosyncratic treatments of the text, the juxtaposition of text and vocal sound, the outlay and scope of the work, as well as the natural and logical flow of striking musical events, deserved the jury's unanimous praise. As a vocal work, Canticle connects in a contemporary way with the almost lost traditions of ecclesiastical writing. It shows its roots and points to the future.'


1999 Highly Commended

Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize ($25,000)

Gerard Brophy for Merge: a memoir of the senses

For percussion quartet, ambient sounds and orchestra. Premiered by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on 9 June 1999 conducted by Markus Stenz.

Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize ($15,000)

David Young for Thousands of Bundled Straw V

Commissioned by Aequator, premiered 26 March 1998 in Zurich.