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Peter Sculthorpe
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Composer, Born 1929, Launceston Tas

In the 1950s and 1960s many Australian artists, writers and musicians established their homes and creative bases in Europe or America because the Australian cultural product was seen as inferior. However, Australia was the inspiration for composer Peter Sculthorpe, who chose to come back to live and work in the land of his birth. This decision by a man of such exceptional talent has had a profound effect on the history of music in this country.

From the 1950s, Sculthorpe has presented Australia both to itself and to the rest of the world through music. His music traces the landscape, representing its contours, beauty and harshness. From Sun Music to Kakadu his work has evoked Australia. His distinctive style has been influenced by Aboriginal and Asian musics, which have added another layer to his work and brought him international acclaim.

In this interview Peter Sculthorpe describes the way in which Australian history and landscape have shaped his approach and tells of the emotionally significant events in his life which have found expression in his music. He also explains, with warmth and eloquence, the nature of his endless journey to create the perfect work of art - a journey which continues to motivate his work today.



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