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413502
  • Title
    John Antill - music manuscript for his ballet suite 'Corroboree', 194-, together with list of performances, 1950-1970
  • Creator
  • Call number
    MLMSS 7072 (Safe 1/249)
  • Level of description
    Collection
  • Date

    1940-1970
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    413502
  • Physical Description
    0.04 metres of textual material (1 box) - typescript, with manuscript annotations
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    John Henry Antill (1904-1986), composer and conductor, was born in Sydney on 8 April 1904. In 1925 he enrolled at the New South Wales Conservatorium, where he studied composition with Alfred Hill and violin with Gerald Walenn. Antill joined the Australian Broadcasting Commission in Sydney in 1934, where he was assistant music editor (1934-1947), New South Wales supervisor of music (1947-1949) and federal music editor (1949-1971). Antill died in Sydney on 29 December 1986.

    Antill is best known for his work Corroboree, the first of his compositions to be performed, which brought him recognition both in Australia and overseas. Corroboree represented one of the first attempts by an Australian composer to combine the influence of Aboriginal music with Western musical resources. The work, premiered as an orchestral suite in Sydney in 1946 by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by Eugene Goossens, was later performed abroad and recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra. It was first produced as a complete ballet in 1950 with the National Theatre Ballet and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

    Antill was appointed OBE for services to music (1971) and CMG (1981). He received The Australasian Performing Rights Association award for the most performed Australian classical composition (1982) and special gold plaque (1985), and received an Honorary Doctorate in Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong (1985).
  • Scope and Content
    194-: 'Corroboree'. Draft legend and choreography outline, pages 1-4. Typescript with ms. annotations. Includes original ink and watercolour illustrations by the composer.
    194-: 'Corroboree'. Music manuscript. Page 1 only. [In the composer's hand].
    1940-1970: 'Corroboree: A ballet suite for orchestra'. Full score. [In the composer's hand]. Manuscript with pencil annotations, with original ink and watercolour illustrations by the composer. Includes typescript legend and choreography outline (typescript) and list of performances, 1950-1970,(manuscript), bound in.
  • Source
    Transferred from the Dennis Wolanski Library of the Performing Arts, Sydney Opera House, in 1996.
  • General note

    Selected pages from this item have been digitised as part of the Nelson Meers Foundation Heritage Collection, 2006.
    Other papers of John Antill are held by the National Library of Australia, at NLA MS 437.
    Digital order no:Album ID : 823633
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