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Australian Connections is a series written and presented by Tim Dehn and a personal exploration of some of the music that has been created and performed in Australia since 1788, together with stories of some of the people, places and events in this country's history.Tim begins his own personal exploration of some of the music performed in Australia and much of which was also created here, together with the stories of those who heard it.
ABC Classic FM
Episode 1. The Colony of New South Wales: 1788 - 1826. Begins with a five-octave piano that arrived with the First Fleet, continues with country dance music and the elegance of the flute and ends with Rossini, played at one of Sydney's first concerts in 1826; and we meet John Grant - one of Australia's first human rights activists.
Episode 2. Explorers and Prospectors: 1845 - 1870. The middle of the nineteenth century is the setting for the second in this new series of seven programs in which Tim Dehn explores music heard and largely composed in Australia and links it to people and events here at the time. Today, a myopic Charles Sturt enduring the heat of the Simpson Desert, the pitfalls of the Victorian gold rush, a visit to Sydney by the ex-wife of Home, Sweet Home composer, Henry Bishop, and three weekends of Aussie Rules without a single goal scored; not to mention the first defeat of an English cricket team by Australia.
Episode 3. From Colonies to Commonwealth: 1888 - 1916. From the excitement of the 1888 Centennial Exhibition in Melbourne to a death in the trenches of the Somme in 1916, this program considers boom, bust and Federation. It links these events to music by two composers of the time: English-born George Marshall-Hall who settled in Australia and became a friend of the Heidelberg. School of artists and Australian-born Frederick Septimus Kelly, who settled in England, became a friend of the social elite and served at Gallipoli. The program features the first recording of Kelly's unfinished piano sonata - left incomplete when he returned to the trenches in 1916.
Episode 4. Between the Wars: 1920 - 1940. This program shares memories: memories of listening to Test Match commentaries on the ABC and of the Depression (Jim Coulter); and of learning to fly with Charles Kingsford-Smith (Lady Nancy Bird Walton).The program also shares passions: for Percy Grainger's adventures in language (Malcolm Gillies & David Pear): and for Henry Handel Richardson's famous Richard Mahoney Trilogy and how she composed songs by way of relaxation (Clive Probyn & Bruce Steele). And this is the period that saw the foundation of the Australian Broadcasting Commission, soon to be followed by ABC orchestras in every capital city in Australia - stories told by Lesley Johnson and Philip Sametz. Musical analysis comes from Richard Divall, who introduces the orchestral suite The Bush by Fritz Hart; and Larry Sitsky, who plays the Sonata Ballade by the rather neglected composer Roy Agnew.
Episode 5: If you remember the Melbourne Olympics of 1956; if you remember the thrill of Italian food and cheap red wine; if you went to hear Sir Bernard Heinze's concerts in the Melbourne Town Hall; if you were an avid Argonaut; if you remember Sir Donald Campbell and "Bluebird" - or even if you remember none of these things at first hand, then this is the 'Australian Connections' program for you! Sharing their memories in this fifth program in the series are Charles Fuerst, who describes emigrating from Vienna to Australia after the Second World War, and how he volunteered his services as a translator at the 1956 Olympics; and Dave Warren, who relates how it took no less a person than a visiting RAF Air Marshal to spot that Dave's device for recording aircraft flight data was worth developing: it became the famous "Black Box." Historian Graeme Davison shares his love of the popular culture of Australia in the 1950s; Merrick Beesley recounts the exploits of Donald Campbell on Lake Eyre in 1964; Elizabeth Weeks recalls the excitement of being introduced to big Romantic music at the Bernard Heinze Youth Concerts; Larry Sitsky and Colin Symes reflect on the impact of Corroboree by John Antill and that composer's champion, Eugene Goossens; Joel Crotty introduces music by Robert Hughes and Margaret Sutherland; and Peter Sculthorpe remembers how difficult it was in the 1950s to get his ideas taken seriously
Episode 6: Setting Sail: 1973 - 1988. Australia in the 1970s and 80s experienced scientific, cultural and sporting achievements along with political controversy. Tim Dehn links people and events of this period to music by Australian composers Graham Koehne, Ann Carr-Boyd and Ross Edwards.
Episode 7: The New Millenium. In this final program, music by Peter Sculthorpe, Ross Edwards, Anne Carr-Boyd, Elena Kats-Chernin and Brenton Broadstock accompanies people and events here over the past decade. Julian Burnside, QC, considers one aspect of contemporary Australian life and there's a look to the future with digital radio. This series of Australian Connections began in 1788 with a tiny English piano that doubled as a side table and it ends with an 8-octave grand piano made here and exported to England.
Recorded 4/6/2006 - 16/7/2006
Includes 7 audio programmes from the Australian Connections radio broadcast series
KeywordsComposers -- Australia -- 20th century
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