Peggy Glanville-Hicks: Composer and critic by Suzanne Robinson

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November 2019, no. 416
Jim Davidson reviews 'Peggy Glanville-Hicks: Composer and critic' by Suzanne Robinson

Peggy Glanville-Hicks: Composer and critic

by Suzanne Robinson

University of Illinois Press (Footprint), $54.99 hb, 338 pp, 9780252084393

Peggy Glanville-Hicks: Composer and critic by Suzanne Robinson

Reviewed by
November 2019, no. 416

Australian classical music. Not quite an oxymoron, but certainly an unfamiliar phrase. Yet Australian literature has been promoted by a battery of university courses overseas, following the beachhead established by Patrick White’s Nobel Prize. Similarly, Australian art has twice had great moments of impact: the Whitechapel exhibition of 1961 for the Nolan–Boyd generation, and now the continuing worldwide interest in Aboriginal art. Our rock stars have repeatedly made worldwide reputations; in classical music, Australian singers have regularly risen to the top. But classical composition has been something else. Apart from the quirky Percy Grainger – deftly working in small forms, sometimes with large resources – no Australian composer has had a significant influence overseas (though Brett Dean is shaping up as a contender). Grainger had to abandon Australia to do so, eventually taking out American citizenship.

Jim Davidson reviews 'Peggy Glanville-Hicks: Composer and critic' by Suzanne Robinson

Peggy Glanville-Hicks: Composer and critic

by Suzanne Robinson

University of Illinois Press (Footprint), $54.99 hb, 338 pp, 9780252084393

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