Music

Towards an Australian Art-Music Canon

Is there an Australian art-music canon? Does Australian music feature in any lists of 1001 works to be listened to before you die? Have any masterpieces of Australian composition found a place on the eight indices of pieces classical music lovers cannot live without, produced between 2000 and 2010 by Australia’s own canon-generator, ABC Classic FM? No. Though Brett Dean was mentioned as a possible non-contender in Bob Maynard’s “Ode to the Classic 100 Ten Years On”, not a single Australian-written note cracked the list itself. The ABC’s cultural arbitration of our listening tastes could be cynically viewed as little…

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