The Resource 'Corroboree' and after: : John Antill as a 'one-work composer'?, David Symons

'Corroboree' and after: : John Antill as a 'one-work composer'?, David Symons

'Corroboree' and after: : John Antill as a 'one-work composer'?
'Corroboree' and after:
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John Antill as a 'one-work composer'?
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David Symons
"This article investigates the two most widespread perceptions in much critical comment on the music of John Antill that?following the composition of his famous ballet Corroboree?the composer mostly wrote works that were slighter in substance than his magnum opus, and also reverted to a ?quieter? and more conservative musical style in his later output in the 1950s and 1960s. While it is recognized that Antill's post-Corroboree output involves a relatively large proportion of works of a modest or ?occasional? nature, this is seen as the product of the sheer volume of commissions for such works arising from Antill's fame as the composer of his celebrated ballet score, and the lack of opportunity for sustained creative effort that may have yielded more major works than the relatively few which have come from his pen. As to Antill's post-Corroboree style, the generally negatively-toned criticisms of Antill's later work are assessed from two standpoints?that of musical ?style? or ?character? and that of musical ?language? or idiom. While Antill never wrote another work as ?barbaric? or ?abrasive? in manner as Corroboree, his later works explore a wider expressive palette in which there are some examples of the milder English ?pastoral? style, but the predominant ?language? is that of between-the-wars neoclassicism or neo-tonality of Bartok, Hindemith and Stravinsky. In this respect Antill shares a general stylistic range with the more progressive Australian composers of the same period, such as Margaret Sutherland, Dorian Le Gallienne, Raymond Hanson and Robert Hughes." [Author's abstract]
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'Corroboree' and after: : John Antill as a 'one-work composer'?, David Symons
'Corroboree' and after: : John Antill as a 'one-work composer'?, David Symons

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