Composer Peter Sculthorpe dies aged 85

Tributes flow in for the ‘musical giant’ who passed away in a Sydney hospital on Friday morning.

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Among the first to pay tribute to Sculthorpe were Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Federal Arts Minister George Brandis QC.

‘Today, Australia lost a musical giant with the passing of composer Peter Sculthorpe AO OBE,’ they said in a joint statement on Friday evening.

‘His ‘Sun Music’ series of compositions from the 1960s was the dawning of the first identifiably Australian sound in classical music. Peter Sculthorpe sought to render into music the earth, sea, sky and history of our country. He influenced audiences and musicians around the world, and he was a deeply respected mentor and teacher to subsequent generations of composers.

‘Peter Sculthorpe much deepened Australia’s musical voice and our country is forever richer because of him,’ they said.

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