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Dr Alice M. Moyle

1998
Chris Gentle

oil on canvas (152.0 cm x 137.0 cm)

Alice Marshall Moyle AM (1908-2005), ethnomusicologist, was a pioneer in the field of Australian Aboriginal musical studies. Moyle's first qualification was in piano and cello. She taught piano and wrote music criticism before returning to university, gaining an MA for her interpretation of Aboriginal music recorded by Professor AP Elkin. She became a founding member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, and spent much of the 1960s and 1970s attached to the Institute working to identify, classify and characterise the many kinds of Aboriginal music of northern and central Australia. She played a major role in the establishment of the sound archive at the AIAS and also the Musicological Society of Australia. With three doctorates - two honorary - in music, and many scholarly publications to her credit, Moyle is recognised internationally for generating an awareness of Aboriginal music, instruments and dance.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Carolyn and Peter Lowry 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
© Chris Gentle

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Chris Gentle (age 59 in 1998)

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