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Papers of Peter Tahourdin, 1919-2009 [manuscript]
Bib ID 5832488
Format ManuscriptManuscript, OnlineOnline
Tahourdin, Peter, 1928-2009
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Access Conditions Part available for research; part requires permission for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1919-2009] 
18.15 m. (28 boxes) + 27 medium folio boxes + 3 large folio boxes. 

The bulk of this collection comprises original and typescript scores of works by Tahourdin, complemented by recordings in several formats of many of these works. There is general correspondence relating to Tahourdin's day-to-day life and career and personal correspondence that includes early letters from Tahourdin to his parents while a school student and also while undertaking military service together with letters from his family. There is a group of subject files relating to aspects of Tahourdin's career that contain papers, ephemera, and correspondence, including one file that has a number of letters from French tenor, Damian Top. There are also several portrait photographs of Tahourdin and a group of 35mm slides that relate to his works 'Ern Malley' and 'Graffiti'.


Peter Tahourdin was born in southern England in 1928. He studied composition with Richard Arnell at Trinity College of Music in London, graduating in 1952. In the years that followed, various concert and broadcast performances of his music were given in England, Holland and Canada. Tahourdin came to Australia in 1964 and was appointed visiting composer to the University of Adelaide. In 1966 he undertook a year's course of study in electronic music at Toronto University in Canada. On returning to Adelaide he became active as a composer, lecturer and broadcaster, and established the first practical course in electronic music in Australia at the University of Adelaide in 1969. In 1973 Tahourdin was appointed to the staff of the Faculty of Music at the University of Melbourne, first as lecturer, then senior lecturer, in composition. From 1978-1979 he was chair of the Composers' Guild of Australia. He retired from the University of Melbourne in 1988 at the age of 60 in order to work full-time as a composer. Tahourdin had wide musical interests including chamber music, the orchestra, Indian music and music theatre, but his dominant interest for most of his career was electronic music. He developed a pioneering electronic studio, and began his friendship with another English-born Australian composer, Tristram Cary.


Manuscript reference no.: MS 10282.

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Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available online. 
Subjects Tahourdin, Peter, 1928-2009 -- Archives.  |  Composers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Music -- Australia -- 20th century.  |  Composition (Music) -- 20th century.  |  Australia -- Songs and music.
Occupation Composers.
Terms of Use Copying of Peter Tahourdin's copyright material: part permitted to be copied for research purposes; part requires permission to copy for research purposes. 

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