Peter Sculthorpe

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Peter Joshua Sculthorpe AO OBE (29 April 1929 – 8 August 2014) was an Australian composer. Much of his music resulted from an interest in the music of Australia's neighbours as well as from the impulse to bring together aspects of native Australian music with that of the heritage of the West. He was known primarily for his orchestral and chamber music, such as Kakadu (1988) and Earth Cry (1986), which evoke the sounds and feeling of the Australian bushland and outback. He also wrote 18 string quartets, using unusual timbral effects, works for piano, and two operas. He stated that he wanted his music to make people feel better and happier for having listened to it. He typically avoided the dense, atonal techniques of many of his contemporary composers. His work was often distinguished by its distinctive use of percussion.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Earth Cry, Kakadu, Mangrove Peter Sculthorpe 1
2000 Island Dreamings / String Quartets Peter Sculthorpe; Brodsky Quartet, Anne Sofie von Otter 1
2003 Second Sonata / Irkanda I / Irkanda IV / Cello Dreaming / Lament / Djilile Peter Sculthorpe; Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti 1
2014 The Complete String Quartets with Didjeridu Peter Sculthorpe; Del Sol String Quartet, Stephen Kent 1
Earth Cry / Piano Concerto Peter Sculthorpe; William Barton, Tamara Anna Cislowska, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, James Judd 1
Music for Cello Sculthorpe 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 The Best of Peter Sculthorpe Peter Sculthorpe 1

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