RECENT: Defining Our Field - what is 'classical music' to us, why are we involved and what can we learn from our differences? Read John Dante Prevedini's essay, watch the panel discussion and make your own comments.
Australian composer and conductor Colin Brumby was born on 18 June 1933 in Melbourne, where he studied at the Conservatorium of Music. After teaching in schools for a while, he went to Europe on a Spanish Government scholarship and studied with Philipp Jarnach in Santiago de Compostela. On the advice of Australian guitarist John Williams, he then studied with Alexander Goehr in London (where he also worked as head of music at Greenford Grammar School) and (later in his career) studied with Franco Evangelisti in Rome.
His other compositions include Fibonacci Variations (1963), A Ballade for St Cecilia (1969) and The Phoenix and the Turtle (1974).
His early works were atonal, but he later declared that atonal music was 'an attempt to raise gibberish to an art form' and returned to writing tonal music.
Colin Brumby spent most of his life in Brisbane, joining the Music Department staff at the University of Queensland, later becoming Associate Professor, retiring in 1998 and dying there on 3 January 2018, aged eighty-four.