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Graham Hair interviewed by Ruth Lee Martin in the Australian composers oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 550292
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Hair, Graham, 1943-, Interviewee
 
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2002 
2 sound files, 2 digital audio tapes (235 min.) 
Series

Australian composers oral history project.

Technical Details

Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web. 

Summary

Graham Hair, born in Geelong, Vic. talks about his family interest in music; his early musical education and influences; composing from a young age; public perceptions of composition in post colonial British culture; the distance between composition and performance; music teachers in country towns; playing professional piano before becoming known as a composer; enrolling at the Melbourne University Conservatorium in 1960 at the age of seventeen, graduating 1964; studying with pianist Max Cooke; his education at the conservatorium in Melbourne; contact with influential musicians; the reasons why he began to for conduct; leaving Melbourne to work as a research assistant for Catherine Ellis in Adelaide; his introduction to Aboriginal music, qualities of Aboriginal music; the emergence of a personal style of composition; the influence of Peter Maxwell Davies; his efforts to define a style distinct from English tradition; his Doctorate in Musicology; receiving an Australia Council grant to go to Princeton University (1974); Milton Babbitt; the emergence of computer music and its evolution internationally.

Hair discusses his return to Australia and working at La Trobe University (1976); collaborative projects with Keith Humble; his reasons for returning to Australia after living away; returning to America to the MIT computer music summer school (1979) then to summer school in Paris; returning to MIT in Boston (1983) and to Princeton as a visiting professor (1985); taking up a position at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music; memorable students; approaches to composition and teaching; teaching styles; techniques for helping students find their own way; the underlying philosophies of composition; composing new works, mapping out a piece; his recent works; a composition involving work of international poets; writing for women's voices; his first major work and orchestral piece; writing for a choir compared to writing for solo voices; the impact of moving to Scotland, highlights of working in Glascow; his hopes for the future.

Notes

Recorded on Sept. 13 & 27, 2002. The first two sessions were recorded at the National Library of Australia, Canberra, A.C.T.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (5 p.) and corrected transcript (typescript, 91 leaves) 
Subjects Hair, Graham, 1943- -- Interviews.  |  Composers -- Australia -- Interviews
Occupation Composers.
Other authors/contributors Martin, Ruth Lee, 1957-, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 3969/9 (transcript)
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ORAL TRC 3969/9 (summary)
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