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Peter Sculthorpe (1929–2014)

Aged 16, he went to Melbourne University, graduating with a Bachelor of Music in piano in 1950. His Piano Sonatina (1954), based on an Aboriginal legend, was the first work of a resident Australian chosen for performance at the International Society for Contemporary Music Festival in Baden-Baden, Germany. In 1958, he was awarded the Lizette ... See full bio »

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Burke & Wills Composer
Age of Consent Composer
Manganinnie Composer


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 2000/II The Beach (Documentary)
 1985 Burke & Wills
 1980 Manganinnie
 1974 Essington (TV Movie)
 1969 Age of Consent (restored version)
 1964 Under Stress (Short)
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 2014 The King Sun: John Olsen a Portrait at 85 (Documentary) (composer: theme music)
 1991 A la carrera (Documentary short) (music: song "String Quartet No. 8")
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 1985 Burke & Wills (music: "O Mistress Mine")
 1969 Age of Consent (music: "Age of Consent Theme", "I Know An Island" (speculative title) - uncredited)
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 2009 Making Age of Consent (Video documentary short)
Himself - Composer
 2007 Australian Story (TV Series documentary)
- William the Conqueror (2007) ... Himself

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Compositions include "Irkanda IV" (1961); "Sun Music I-IV" (1964); "Earth Cry" (1986); "Kakadu" (1988). After hearing "Sun Music I", Robert Helpmann approached Sculthorpe about collaborating on a ballet version. The work was completed for the Australian Ballet in 1968, with Helpmann as choreographer and Kenneth Rowell as ... See more »

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He was awarded an OBE in 1977. See more »

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