Beath, Betty [Elizabeth] (Mary)
- Graham Hair
- and Greta Mary Hair
(b nr Bundaberg, Queensland, Nov 19, 1932). Australian composer. She studied at the Sydney Conservatorium with Frank Hutchens and at the Queensland Conservatorium, where she was later appointed lecturer and accompanist (1969). She represented women composers of Australia at the 3rd International Congress on Women in Music, Mexico City (1984), and was on the executive board of the International League of Women Composers (1986–7, 1988–9). In 1987 she was resident composer at North Adams State College, Massachusetts.
During the 1970s she spent some time in Indonesia with her husband, the writer and illustrator David Cox, studying the cultures of Bali and Java, and her compositions show the influence of these cultures. Her output includes stage works for children’s voices to librettos by Cox, and a large number of vocal chamber works; the cycle Songs from the Beasts’ Choir (1978) has been one of her most successful compositions....