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Peter Sculthorpe
, 1977 (printed 2002)

by Lewis Morley

gelatin silver photograph (sheet: 40.2 cm x 30.4 cm, image: 32.9 cm x 24.2 cm)

Peter Sculthorpe AO OBE (1929 - 2014) is Australia's best-known composer. Born in Launceston, Tasmania, and educated in Melbourne and Oxford, Sculthorpe gained a Harkness Fellowship to study in the US in 1966 and became composer-in-residence at Yale University. In the late 1960s he was appointed Reader in Music at Sydney University, and now holds a personal chair as its Professor in Musical Composition. His major works include Sun Music 1 (1963), Sun Music Ballet (1968) and Rites of Passage (1974). Sculthorpe has received a plethora of local and international honours and awards and has been designated an Australian Living Treasure.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of the artist 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Accession number: 2002.20