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Australia's Music: Themes of a New Society, 2nd edition

A revised edition of Roger Covell's Australia's Music, a classic of Australian music history, supplemented by a new postscript written by the author.

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Described on its first publication in 1967 as "a scholarly account of Australian music that is also entertaining social history", Roger Covell's Australia's Music has become a classic of Australian music history for its beautifully written explorations of almost 200 years of music-making across classical, indigenous and Anglo-Celtic traditions. This revised edition of the classic text, including more than 60 musical examples, is supplemented by a new postscript written by the author.

“To read this book again now in the larger context of contemporary Australia is to vividly view our musical history through Roger Covell’s lenses, and to realise how far we have come since its last pages were written. Later themes have indeed ushered in a ‘new society’.”

Emeritus Professor David Tunley AM University of Western Australia

About the author

Emeritus Professor Roger Covell AM (1931-2019) founded music studies at the University of New South Wales in Sydney in 1966 while continuing to act as chief music critic of the Sydney Morning Herald, led a University-based professional opera group and invented a genre of recital documentaries. He was awarded a personal chair in 1983 and co-founded in 1980 a still active professional chamber group, the Australia Ensemble@UNSW. His doctoral studies concerned Monteverdi and he published widely (books, book chapters and journal articles) in opera studies, Australian composition, musical organisation and policy, and traditional song.

ISBN 978 0 7340 3782 4 | Paperback, xiv, 326 p. | $55.00 AUD RRP (including GST)

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