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J.A. Fuller Maitland and John Warrack

(b Dawlish, July 16, 1855; d Milford, Feb 27, 1923). English organist, writer on music, composer and violinist . Having studied at Cambridge (1875–8), he went to New Zealand, where he played the organ at St Mary's, Auckland, and founded a glee club. Returning to England in ...

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Roger Covell

(b Woollahra, Sydney, Sept 3, 1893; d Gordon, Sydney, June 5, 1976). Australian baritone. He came to professional singing after showing outstanding proficiency in sport. After war service in France and Belgium he took lessons with Charles Phillips in London and made that city his base for most of his career. Following his Wigmore Hall début in ...

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Graham Wade

(b Melbourne, April 24, 1941). Australian guitarist . He began learning the guitar at the age of four with his father, Leonard Williams. He moved to England in 1952 and subsequently participated in Segovia's summer courses at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Siena: later he attended the RCM, where he studied piano and music theory. After his Wigmore Hall début in ...

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Michael Barkl and Carolyn Philpott

(b Sydney, Nov 21, 1931; d Cambridge, March 2, 2003). Australian composer, pianist and organist. He studied the piano privately with Sverjensky (1944–50) before enrolling at the NSW State Conservatorium of Music (1949–50) where his teachers included Eugene Goossens; he pursued further composition study in London with Elisabeth Lutyens and Erwin Stein (...

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Bruce Johnson

(b Sydney, June 22, 1944). Australian bandleader, trombonist, and arranger. He joined the Waratah Jazzmen in 1959 and during the late 1960s worked in nightclubs, as well as with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the dance band of the Australian Broadcasting Commission. With Warren Daly, he formed the Daly–Wilson Big Band, which was active from ...

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Dominic Gill and Cyrus Meher-Homji

(b Sydney, Dec 20, 1942). Australian pianist . Encouraged by Eugene Goossens, he studied at the Sydney State Conservatorium, taking piano lessons with Alexander Sverenksy and composition lessons with Raymond Hanson. In 1964, after winning the Australian Radio (ABC) Competition, he moved to London to study with Ilona Kabos, and the following year was awarded a Polish government scholarship to study at the Warsaw Academy of Music with Zbigniew Drzewiecki. He remained in Poland for the next six years, and embarked on a concert career, making successful débuts in Warsaw and London (...

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Graham Hair and Greta Mary Hair

(b Sydney, Sept 2, 1958). Australian composer. She graduated in music from the University of Sydney (1981), then studied with Jan van Vlijmen and Jan Boerman at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In 1988 she was appointed to a teaching post at the Utrecht School of Arts. Despite being based in the Netherlands, she has continued to maintain musical connections with Australia and returned there in ...

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Adrian Jackson

Australian New Orleans revival band. The trumpeter Maurie Garbutt (b Melbourne, 29 May 1941) formed a band in Melbourne in 1958 which took the name Yarra Yarra Jazz Band the following year, and, with numerous changes in membership, continued throughout the 1990s. The band toured Europe in ...

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Melissa Lesnie

(b Brisbane, Oct 7, 1969). Australian composer specializing in performance art. Studies with Liza Lim at Melbourne University in 1991 shaped his exploration of intricate, subtle extended techniques, including multiphonics, harmonics, distortion through scraped bowing of string instruments, and declaimed text or vocal effects such as tongue clicks for singers and instrumentalists alike....

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Carol Neuls-Bates and Richard Wigmore

(b Sydney, March 21, 1961). Australian conductor. She studied composition and piano at the NSW Conservatorium and made her conducting début at the Sydney Opera House in 1985. In 1987 she was engaged as an assistant conductor at the Cologne Opera, and in ...

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Peter McCallum

(b Beijing, Sept 2, 1957). Chinese composer, active in Australia. After studying Chinese and Western composition at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Yu joined the staff there (1977–80), then studied with Jōji Yuasa at the Tokyo College of Music (...

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Gordon D. Spearritt

Ensemble of seven bamboo transverse flutes and one hourglass drum or kundu, peculiar to the southernmost Iatmul village of Aibom, Papua New Guinea.The ensemble formerly played in the ceremonial house at a feast in honour of the pottery goddess, Yumanwusmangge, but now plays on occasions of widespread famine or sickness. The flutes are arranged in three pairs playing antiphonally plus one solo player, with the drummer leading the ensemble by adopting a particular pattern from a repertoire of at least 12 different rhythms. The flutes are shorter than ...

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Elizabeth Forbes

(b Mount Lawley, Western Australia, Oct 13, 1951). Australian baritone . He studied in Perth and made his début in Sydney in 1976 as Paolo (Simon Boccanegra) with Australian Opera, for whom he also sang Masetto, Sharpless, Germont, Don Pasquale, Alberich, Yeletsky, Don Alfonso, Sulpice, Varlaam, Grigory (...

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(b Melbourne, Nov 15, 1874; d Melbourne, March 3, 1927). Australian violinist and conductor. He was the son of an Italian musician who had taken an opera company to Australia in the 1860s. Alberto, who was largely self-taught in music, made his first appearance as a violinist at six, and at 17 toured as a soloist in Tasmania and New Zealand; in his early years he also conducted light opera. He taught privately, at the Melbourne University Conservatorium and at the Albert Street Conservatorium. He founded several musical organizations in Melbourne, including the Melbourne String Quartet (...