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Australian music publications




Australian Music Industry Directory. Lists 5000 companies and individuals from Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Available from immedia


Australian Yearbook of Music and Music Education 2001/2002. Third edition compiled and edited by Graham A.R. Bartle. Callaway International Resource Centre for Music and Music Education.


Opera Opera. Australia's independent monthly newspaper of opera in Australia. Opera-Opera (Pallinor Pty Ltd, PO Box R361, Royal Exchange, NSW 1225


Books & articles

Buttrose, Charles. Playing for Australia: a story about ABC orchestras and music in Australia. Melbourne: MacMillan, 1982.


Cahill, Anne. The community music handbook.: a practical guide to developing music projects and organisations. Strawberry Hills, NSW: Currency Press in association with the Music Council of Australia, 1998.


Cargher, John. Opera and ballet in Australia. Sydney: Cassell, 1977. 352p, illus


Covell, Roger. Australia's music: themes of a new society. Melbourne: Sun Books, 1967.


Currency companion to music and dance in Australia / edited by John Whiteoak and Aline Scott-Maxwell. Sydney: Currency Press, 2003


Davis, Richard. Anna Bishop: the adventures of an intrepid prima donna. Sydney: Currency Press in association with the National Library of Australia, 1996.


Doust, Russell. That other opera house in National Library of Australia News, vol 17 no 2, Nov 2006 (pages 15-18). Reflects on the history of opera in Australia and the theatres in which they were presented.


Downes, Peter. The Pollards: a family and its child and adult opera companies in New Zealand and Australia, 1880-1910. Wellington, NZ: Steel Roberts,2002. 224 p. 


Elms, Lauris. The singing Elms: the autobiography of Lauris Elms. Bowerbird Press, 2001.


Elphinstone, Michael and Hancock, Wayne. When Austral sang: the biography of Florence Austral. Magill, SA: Wayne Hancock & Michael Elphinstone, 2005. 655 p. Ill., ports.


Goossens, Renée. Belonging: a memoir. Sydney: ABC Books, 2003.


Gyger, Alison. Civilising the colonies: pioneering opera in Australia, Sydney: Opera-Opera (Pallinor), 1999.


Gyger, Alison. Opera in the Antipodes: opera in Australia 1881-1939. Sydney: Currency Press and Pellinor, 1990.


Harrison, Kenneth. Dark man, white world : [biography of Harold Blair]. Cheltenham, Vic: Novalit Australia, 1975.


Jordan, Robert. Music and civil society in New South Wales, 1788-1809 in Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society vol 98, part 2, December 2012: 193-2010.


Love, H.H.R. The golden age of Australian opera: WS Lyster and his companies, 1861-1880. Sydney: Currency Press, 1981


MacKenzie, B and MacKenzie, F. Singers of Australia: from Melba to Sutherland. Melbourne: Lansdowne, 1967.


Moffat, James. Florence Austral: a biography. Sydney: Currency Press in association with the National Library of Australia, 1995. 


Murdoch, James. Australia's contemporary Composers: Melbourne: MacMillan, 1972.


Murdoch, James. A handbook of Australian music. Melbourne: Sun Books, 198 3


Murdoch, James. Peggy Glanville-Hicks: a transformed life. Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press, 2002. 


Orchard, W.A. Music in Australia: more than 150 years of development. Melbourne: Georgian House, 1950.


The Oxford companion to Australian music / edited by Warren Bebbington, Mebourne: OUP, 1997.


Oxenbould, Moffat. Timing is everything: a life backstage at the Opera. Sydney: ABC Books, 2005.


Skinner, Graeme. Peter Sculthorpe: the making of an Australian composer. Sydney: UNSW Press, 2007.


Titner, Tanya Buchdahl. Out of time: the vexed life of Georg Titner. Crawley, WA: UWA Press, 2011.


Van Straten, Frank. National treasure: the story of Gertrude Johnson and the National Theatre. South Melbourne, Victoria Press, 1994. With 1 sound recording of selections by Gertrude Johnson and other singers of the National Theatre.


Westlake, Donald. Dearest John: the Story of John Lemmon, flute virtuoso and Nellie Melba. Terrey Hills, NSW: Bowerbird Press, 1997.


Westlake, Donald. From me to you: the life and times of Clive Amadio. Terrey Hills, NSW: Bowerbird Press, 1999. 



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