Before and After Corroboree: The Music of John Antill by David Symons

By David Symons

John Antill (1904-1986) used to be one of many optimal composers of Australia's post-colonial interval. even if a comparatively prolific and masses esteemed composer in Australia, Antill's wider attractiveness is continued mainly by way of his well-known ballet Corroboree - a piece which used to be seemed to carry an genuine Australian musical sort prior to either a countrywide and overseas viewers for the 1st time. via Sir Eugene Goossens' championship, the paintings was once heard via enthusiastic audiences in Australia, Britain, Europe and america, and was once, for a few years, the best-known paintings of any Australian-born and resident composer. certainly it has remained, for either Australian and abroad audiences, an Australian musical icon. David Symons lines Antill's improvement as a composer from his early, pre-Corroboree works, which demonstrate a overdue Romantic to post-impressionist sort, via an research of the virile, dissonant, primitivist idiom of his magnum opus, to an exam of his later output of theatrical, orchestral and vocal/choral works. The booklet offers accomplished and worthy perception into Antill's musical output, whilst focussing on extra targeted analyses of his significant works that have reached public performances and/or recordings. during this means the publication not just offers a developmental photo of Antill's works, but in addition demonstrates why they've got made him one in every of Australia's so much renowned musical creators of the post-colonial period.

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