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9 September 2009

Sydney Conservatorium - 101 Compositions for 100 years

Carl Vine Image: Carl Vine  

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Ars Musica Australis announced a composition project earlier this year which will build up to the celebration of its centenary in 2015. '101 Compositions for 100 years' will take place over the next seven years and will commission new music from both national and international composers.

The project's inaugural international composer is American John Corigliano, whose new work Mr Tambourine Man (based on works by Bob Dylan) will be premiered in Sydney on 11 September. Carl Vine is the inaugural Australian composer and his contribution, Sonata for Four Hands, will be premiered at the Conservatorium in November this year.

The Conservatorium aims to involve a diverse range of composers, from Australian tertiary students to internationally renowned composers from around the world. As a result, they have recently launched an annual Composition Competition, open to tertiary students in Australia. This year, entries must be composed for cello and piano, and the winning submission will be performed by David Pereira and Timothy Young at the 2010 ISCM World New Music Days Festival. The work will then be included in the 101 Compositions collection. Further information about the competition can be found on the 101 website.

Details about a concert featuring the music of Carl Vine, including the world premiere of his Sonata for Four Hands, can be found on the AMC calendar.

Further links

101 Compositions in 100 Years website - (www.music.usyd.edu.au/news_events/101/index.html)
article on Peter Sculthorpe's recent endowment to the Sydney Conservatorium - (www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/article/sculthorpe-s-multi-million-endowment-to-sydney-con)

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Rachel Orzech is a Melbourne-based writer, teacher, musician and dancer. This year she is undertaking a music journalism internship in Sydney, and she plans to continue her studies in musicology in 2010.


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