30 July 2009
Peter Tahourdin (1928-2009)
© Sarah Tahourdin
Peter Tahourdin, a highly respected composer, colleague and teacher, passed away on 28 July 2009 at his home in Melbourne. He had been living in Australia since his arrival from England in 1964, composing a rich output of works from operas and symphonies to chamber music and solo works. Tahourdin composed actively until very recently. Last year, the 80-year-old composer talked about his career and his interests in an interview on Resonate:
I've simply wanted to teach and pass on my experience to others, younger than me, whom it may benefit. These days I regret the passing, all over the world, of the values I've cherished in favour of populism, of what, in my old age, I call 'economic irrationalism'. I regret, in Australia in particular, the erosion of the nation's artistic and intellectual life. But I'm well aware I've become a 'grumpy old man'! One of the advantages of old age though – and there aren't many – is that you can do as you please!
Southern Cross Philharmonia plays Tahourdin - AMC Calendar 24 September
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