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Franz Holford (1907-1994)

Random Audio Sample: Nocturne by Franz Holford, from the CD On the tide

Photo of Franz Holford

Born in Heidelberg,Germany, on 9 November 1907, Franz Holford moved to Australia in the late 1930s after having studied both in Paris and at Oxford University with Alfred Cortot (piano), Jack Westrip, Hans Bekker and Sir Hamilton Harty.

He composed works in a variety of styles - including a piano concerto, two symphonic works, a cello sonata and vocal works. His music has been performed in England and other overseas countries by Evelyn Rothwell, Mary Murdoch and John Champ (Oboe and piano sonata no. 4)

His interest in the development of Australian music led Franz to found the Australian Journal of Music, The Canon, in 1948 - continuing as editor through its seventeen years of publication. He gained further involvement in Australian music through his role as editor for the music publishing house J Albert & Son.

Franz Holford died in Brisbane on December 5th, 1994.

Analysis & Media

Book: When soft voices die : Franz Holford remembered / by Phillip Wilcher.