Shaping an Australian voice: free public lecture 


The Dean of Law, Business and Arts at Charles Darwin University (CDU), Adrian Walter, will present the university’s second free public lecture of the May 2008 series on Tuesday, May 13.

Mr Walter will present, The shaping of an Australian voice – the landscape and 20th Century composition in Australia.

His lecture will explore the relationship between the composer and the landscape that has produced a composition voice that is uniquely Australian.

“Throughout the 20th Century, Australian composers have developed an intimate relationship with the landscape, a creative driver that has allowed the development of a uniquely expressive voice,” Mr Walter said.

During the lecture, he will give musical, visual and performance examples of notable Australian composers’ works, with an emphasis on the work of Peter Sculthorpe and Ross Edwards.

Both Sculthorpe and Edwards have been regular visitors to the Top End, attracted to a landscape that has shaped many of their compositions.

The lecture will give a fascinating insight into how the Territory landscape has connected with and inspired the creation of new music.

Entry to all lectures in the CDU series is free. The lecture will start at 6pm at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Light refreshments will be served afterwards, concluding at 8pm.

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