Vale Peter Sculthorpe

Memorial pinboard for Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe (1929–2014). We're collecting obituaries, major feature-profiles and interviews from the past, photographs, video and selected music for listening.
Peter Sculthorpe discusses life, death and spirituality with Tiger Webb in an article for ABC Radio National's Encounter program. •  So, then, what does Sculthorpe think happens to us after we die? … ‘I don’t know—I’ve always liked to think that one would flow into an eternal harmony.’

Peter Sculthorpe discusses life, death and spirituality with Tiger Webb in an article for ABC Radio National's Encounter program. • So, then, what does Sculthorpe think happens to us after we die? … ‘I don’t know—I’ve always liked to think that one would flow into an eternal harmony.’

“…in the often vicious and depraved world of ‘the Arts’ in Australia, Peter was always a gentle Statesman.” David Barmby and other Australians reflect on the life and legacy of Peter Sculthorpe

“…in the often vicious and depraved world of ‘the Arts’ in Australia, Peter was always a gentle Statesman.” David Barmby and other Australians reflect on the life and legacy of Peter Sculthorpe

A lovely reminiscence from NZ critic Rod Biss: Peter Sculthorpe, a personal memory of the man and his music. Thanks to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for drawing our attention to it.

A lovely reminiscence from NZ critic Rod Biss: Peter Sculthorpe, a personal memory of the man and his music. Thanks to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for drawing our attention to it.

Peter Sculthorpe reflects on his relationship with the SSO in 2012, our 80th anniversary year. Listen to his wonderfully measured and sonorous voice – music in itself.

Peter Sculthorpe reflects on his relationship with the SSO in 2012, our 80th anniversary year. Listen to his wonderfully measured and sonorous voice – music in itself.

Peter Sculthorpe: Composer and broadcaster Andrew Ford reflects on the man and his music for Inside Story. “For fifty years, Sculthorpe wasn’t simply at the heart of Australian music, he was its heart.” A beautiful article.

Peter Sculthorpe: Composer and broadcaster Andrew Ford reflects on the man and his music for Inside Story. “For fifty years, Sculthorpe wasn’t simply at the heart of Australian music, he was its heart.” A beautiful article.

Friends reflect on Peter Sculthorpe's final days – article by Joel Meares for the Sydney Morning Herald

Friends reflect on Peter Sculthorpe's final days – article by Joel Meares for the Sydney Morning Herald

Peter Sculthorpe always seemed to have a red sports car… (Photographed here with composer Peggy Glanville-Hicks in the late 1980s)

Peter Sculthorpe always seemed to have a red sports car… (Photographed here with composer Peggy Glanville-Hicks in the late 1980s)

Broadcaster Stephen Adams reflects on Peter Sculthorpe, the “grandfather figure” for Australian classical music. Includes a gallery of historical photos. (ABC Classic FM) This photo by Raymond de Berquelle

Broadcaster Stephen Adams reflects on Peter Sculthorpe, the “grandfather figure” for Australian classical music. Includes a gallery of historical photos. (ABC Classic FM) This photo by Raymond de Berquelle

Obituary by John Crawford for ABC Classic FM

Obituary by John Crawford for ABC Classic FM

In 1989 the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Stuart Challender made a landmark recording of orchestral music by Peter Sculthorpe. It included Kakadu (for which we'd given the Australian premiere), Irkanda IV (featuring our then concertmaster Donald Hazelwood and) and Small Town (which included a touching solo for principal oboe Guy Henderson, references to 'Heart and Soul' and the sounds of the Last Post).

In 1989 the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Stuart Challender made a landmark recording of orchestral music by Peter Sculthorpe. It included Kakadu (for which we'd given the Australian premiere), Irkanda IV (featuring our then concertmaster Donald Hazelwood and) and Small Town (which included a touching solo for principal oboe Guy Henderson, references to 'Heart and Soul' and the sounds of the Last Post).

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