Australian Piano Music of the Twentieth Century (Music Reference Collection Series #87)

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This is the first book to comprehensively cover all of the Australian piano music of the 20th century. It is lavishly illustrated with over 300 music examples, giving a very clear picture of the various composers and styles. The composers are listed within various historical and stylistic blocks as well as within consideration of their own pianistic prowess. The large number of scores will help future researchers as well as recording and concert pianists who are searching for new and exciting repertoire.

This is an invaluable book certain to appeal to music lovers, the professional musician and amateur, and students. In fact, anyone interested in the piano and its historical evolution will appreciate this volume.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Australian Piano Music us abundantly illustrated with well-chosen excerpts from the scores discussed, and the individual treatment of each composer makes it an effective reference text, easily consulted for commentary on a particular composer. Those wishing to gain an overview of Australian music and cultural history will do well by reading it from beginning to end. An appendix, listing publication details of the works discussed, will help pianists seeking to explore new and unfamiliar repertoire."


Music Reference Services Quarterly

"Composer and pianist Sitsky offers a detailed overview of 20th-century Australian piano music. Using a wealth of musical examples, he explores the ways the genre has developed from the work of early modernist composers such as Margaret Sutherland through the contemporary jazz of pianist Simplicius Cheong."


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313322860
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Series: Music Reference Collection Series , #87
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

LARRY SITSKY is Head of the Composition Department, School of Music, Australian National University. He is also the author of Music of the Twentieth-Century Avant-Garde (Greenwood Press, 2002).

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The first generation 6
i Composers of their time : early modernists and neoclassicists 6
ii Composers looking back : late romantics and the nineteenth-century legacy 55
iii The "Australian" composers 97
Pt. 2 The second generation 103
i Post-1945 modernism arrives in Australia 103
ii Retrospective composers 148
iii More "Australian" composers 166
iv Sitsky's keyboard music : Si Yeoo Ki 173
Pt. 3 The third generation 216
i The next wave of modernism 217
ii Minimalism and maximalism 235
iii Pluralism : popular music/jazz/neotonality 241
iv "Australian" composers : the next generation 250
v The youngest composers 254
Pt. 4 The Australian piano concerto 259
Conclusion : the anti-composer in Australian society : Kitsch is alive and well 275
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