Margaret Sutherland interviewed on the occasion of her 80th birthday.
Duration: 90 min.
Digitised copy of archival tape no. 215. Digitised with the assistance of a Community Heritage Grant from the National Library of Australia and the Dept of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.
Available for study purposes only.
Interviewer probably James Murdoch.
Discussion about various topics, including: repertoire which is no longer heard today, and musical life early in 20th century ; Sutherland's life in the '20s ; the idea of setting up a Ministry of Fine Arts ; Sutherland's work as a member of a UNESCO committee chaired by Goossens ; the founding of the Victorian Arts Centre ; Sutherland as a performer in lunchtime, afternoon and evening concerts in Melbourne, some in conjunction with the ABC ; the arrival of contemporary music in Australia ; Sutherland's year in Europe in 1950 following the break-up of her marriage ; women and creativity, differences in men's and women's work ; Sutherland as a conductor of her work at one of the Adelaide festivals, having studied conducting in London ; lack of conductor training here ; Sutherland's chamber music written with particular performers in mind ; different ways of teaching singing in Australia ; music criticism in Australia ; discussion about Sutherland working in isolation as a composer, with no institutional support.
Works by Sutherland mentioned in the interview: Suite on a Theme of Purcell, Pavane for Orchestra, The Soldier, Sonata for Lyrebird, Concerto for String Orchestra, The House Quartet, Concerto for String Orchestra, Concerto Grosso, Ballad Overture, Rondel, Threesome for Junior Orchestra.
Capture session: Recorded on 3 April 1968.
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