NEW SCULTHORPE AT 80
Phillip Adams talks to SCULTHORPE on ABC Radio National Late Night Live
A conversation with the celebrated Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe on the night of his 80th birthday, 29 April 2009.
Sculthorpe talks about his first introduction to Eastern music as a child in Tasmania and about his determination to succeed as
a composer. He describes his relationships with other cultural figures in Australia (Drysdale, Nolan, White) and the lure of Australia's
Aboriginal 'Top End', as well as his attraction to Shintoism. He speaks frankly of his experience of clinical depression followed by a five-year burst of creativity.
Iconic Irkanda IV in "Sounds of Australia" Registry
The original 1967 Melbourne Symphony Orchestra recording of Sculthorpe's 1961 classic, Irkanda IV, with violin soloist Leonard Dommett and conductor John Hopkins
(recorded in 1966) was among the 2008 inductees into the SOUNDS OF AUSTRALIA national registry. It is one of currently 30 historical sound-bites in the National Film and
Sound Archive's registry of recordings that celebrate Australia's history and diverse recorded sound culture. Inaugurated in 2007, the registry invites annual nominations
for 10 new additions to its list.
The Sounds of Australia homepage with links to 30-second out-takes from all the listed recordings:
Writing to Hopkins on first hearing the recording in 1966, Sculthorpe said: "It's exactly the way I wanted it to sound." Originally on a 1967 World Record Club LP,
the recording has recently been digitally remastered and rereleased on CD by ABC CLASSICS (476 6338) as part of its boxed set 100 years: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra:]
A Celebration in Music.
SCULTHORPE at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Sculthorpe is represented in the NPG by Eric Smith's 1982 Archibald Prize winning portrait. The NPG's website hosts a video clip of Sculthorpe, talking about his childhood and about the painting
You can also download and read an interview with Eric Smith talking about his 1982 Sculthorpe portrait on pages 26-27 of the Gallery magazine Portrait 14 (PDF)
Graeme Skinner on SCULTHORPE
The website and 'blog of biographer Graeme Skinner, author of Peter Sculthorpe: the making of an Australian composer, includes recent articles about Sculthorpe and his music.