The music of David Lumsdaine : Kelly Ground to Cambewarra / Michael Hooper.
Australian Artists Analysed in this Book
||Ruhe sanfte, sanfte ruh' (1974) by David Lumsdaine|
||Mandala 3 (1978) by David Lumsdaine|
||Kelly ground (1966) by David Lumsdaine|
||Hagoromo (1977) by David Lumsdaine|
||Cambewarra (1980) by David Lumsdaine|
Australian by birth but a long-time resident of Great Britain,
David Lumsdaine (b.1931) is central to both Australian and
British modernism. During the early 1970s Australian musical
modernism was at its height. Lumsdaine and his Australian
contemporaries were engaged with practices from multiple places,
producing music that displays the attributes of their disparate
influences; in so doing they formed a new conception of what it
meant to be an Australian composer. The period is similarly
important in Britain, for it saw the rise to prominence of
composers such as Birtwistle, Davies, Goehr, Gilbert, Wood,
Cardew and many others who were Lumsdaine's contemporaries,
colleagues and friends.
Hooper presents here a series of analyses of Lumsdaine's compositions, focusing on works written between 1966 and 1980. At the early end of this period is Kelly Ground, for solo piano. One of Lumsdaine's first acknowledged works, Kelly Ground connects explicitly with the music of high modernism, employing ideas about temporality as espoused by Ligeti, Stockhausen and Boulez, to form a new ritual for the (now mythical) Australian outlaw Ned Kelly. Hooper places Lumsdaine's music in the context of Australian and British avant-gardes, and reveals its elegance, lyricism and technical virtuosity.
Includes bibliography, discography and index.
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