New Classical Music: Composing Australia by Gordon Kerry

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June 2009, no. 312
Elliott Gyger reviews 'New Classical Music: Composing Australia' by Gordon Kerry

New Classical Music: Composing Australia

by Gordon Kerry

UNSW Press, $34.95 pb, 230 pp

New Classical Music: Composing Australia by Gordon Kerry

by
June 2009, no. 312

Gordon Kerry’s New Classical Music is a valuable addition to the small body of literature about Australian composers. The author sets out by placing his project in the context of several important earlier books on the subject, notably Roger Covell’s Australia’s Music: Themes of a New Society (1967) and the Frank Calloway–David Tunley collection of essays, Australian Composition in the Twentieth Century (1978). Kerry’s project is rather different from either of these, however; where Covell was consciously writing history (and perhaps deliberately shaping it at the same time), and where Calloway and Tunley commissioned independent articles on major composers, Kerry attempts something much more elusive – a more or less synchronic survey of the entire field in the last thirty years.

Elliott Gyger reviews 'New Classical Music: Composing Australia' by Gordon Kerry

New Classical Music: Composing Australia

by Gordon Kerry

UNSW Press, $34.95 pb, 230 pp

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