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Pursuit of the New: Louise Hanson-Dyer, Publisher and Collector

Edited by Kerry Murphy and Jennifer Hill, this book explores the extraordinary achievements of Louise Hanson-Dyer, with some preliminary perspectives by Jim Davidson and contributions from ten distinguished authors.

Lyrebird Press, The University of Melbourne (xxii; 262 pp)

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This book on the Australian music publisher and patron Louise Hanson-Dyer brings together, for the first time, an international group of scholars with expertise in the history of early French musicology and sound recording; fine art and design; and critical editions and music publishing in France. With a focus on the interwar period, it aims to synchronise Hanson‑Dyer’s Melbourne and Paris ventures, seeing her work in a global perspective and showing how she played a significant role in the transnational cultural relationship between Australia and France. Hanson-Dyer had vision and objectives and the drive to realise them; this volume situates the consolidation of her role as cultural activist in early twentieth‑century Europe and Australia and presents new light on her publication of critical musical editions, her art collections and early sound recordings.

ISBN: 9780734038012 (paperback) | ISSN: 1325 5266

Images: Francois Couperin, Oeuvres complètes de François Couperin (Paris: Editions de l’Oiseau-Lyre, 1932–33). Design by Rose Adler. Rare Music/Archives and Special Collections, University of Melbourne.
Dora Ohlfsen, caricature portrait of Louise Dyer, c. 1920–21. Watercolour, pen and ink on paper. Private collection. Used with permission.

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