- Ruth Lee Martin
(b Quirindi, NSW, Aug 2, 1941). Australian composer. She studied composition with Colin Brumby at the University of Queensland. In 1973 she was appointed resident composer with the Australian Opera and in 1974 she was awarded an overseas scholarship. Henderson studied with Kagel and Stockhausen in Germany, winning a composition prize with Clearing the Air (1974). In 1976 she settled in Sydney. She has received major commissions from the Australian Opera, the ABC, Sydney SO, Musica Viva, WDR and the Australian Youth Orchestra, and Perihelion. Her awards include a Composer Fellowship (1989) and the Don Banks Fellowship (1993). She was awarded the Order of Australia (1996).
Henderson is particularly interested in acoustic sound and has developed the ‘alemba’, a keyboard percussion instrument of tuned triangles, and the ‘noose’, which produces natural harmonics on stringed instruments. An affinity with Aboriginal spirituality is a profound source of inspiration and is reflected in such works as ...