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Larry Sitsky

1971
Sister Mary Brady

oil on composition board (support: 120.0 cm x 90.0 cm)

Larry Sitsky AO (b. 1934) was a founding member of the Canberra School of Music, Australian National University, where he has held the positions of Head of Composition studies, Head of Academic Studies and Head of Keyboard Studies. Sitsky’s compositions include opera, theatre, orchestral music, chamber music, solo and vocal music, and his works have been commissioned by many leading Australian and international bodies. His writings on the music of Busoni and Rubinstein, music of the twentieth-century avant-garde, the repressed Russian avant-garde and twentieth century Australian piano music have now become standard texts. His recording projects have focused on contemporary Australian composers, especially Roy Agnew. Amongst his publications is a collection of teaching pieces, Century, and many other works have been published by the New York-based Seesaw Music Corporation. Sitsky: Conversations with the Composer was published by the National Library of Australia in 2004. The Australian National University awarded Sitsky its first Higher Doctorate in Fine Arts in 1997.

This portrait of Sitsky by self-taught painter Sister Mary Brady OP won the Portia Geach Prize for 1971.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Larry Sitsky and Magda Sitsky 2010
© Sister Mary Brady

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Artist and subject

Sister Mary Brady (age 49 in 1971)

Professor Larry Sitsky AO (age 37 in 1971)

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Professor Larry Sitsky AO (1 portrait)

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