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Richard Graham Meale, AM, MBE (24 August 1932 – 23 November 2009) was an Australian composer of instrumental works and operas.
Biography [ edit ]
Meale was born in
Sydney and studied piano with [1 ] Winifred Burston at the NSW State Conservatorium of Music, as well as [2 ] clarinet, harp, music history and theory, before studying at the University of California, Los Angeles and other American institutions on a Ford Foundation grant. [2 ]
From 1969 to 1988 he was part of the music faculty of the
University of Adelaide, South Australia [1 ]
Meale was appointed a Member of the
Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1971. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1985. [3 ]
In 2000, Meale was conferred
Doctor of Letters honoris causa by the University of New England in New South Wales
He died in Sydney on 23 November 2009.
[1 ] [4 ]
Initially firmly part of the
avant garde amongst Australian composers, Meale experienced a stylistic rethink in the 1970s, abandoning an exclusively atonal approach in his orchestral work Viridian (1979) and his 2nd String Quartet (1980) for a polytonal approach, and in later works embracing a frank tonality, with fin-de-siècle overtones, whilst retaining an individual voice.
He is best known for the 1986 opera
, with libretto by Voss David Malouf based on the novel of the same title by Patrick White. Malouf also collaborated with Meale on his second operatic project, (1986–91), a tableaux-like juxtaposition of some ideas of the novel Mer de glace alongside the real dealings of Frankenstein Mary Shelley with Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron.
Other works include
Very High Kings (1968) and Incredible Floridas (1971). He introduced Australia to the music of the Indonesian gamelan.
Awards and nominations [ edit ]
was added to the Voss National Film and Sound Archive of Australia's Sounds of Australia registry. [5 ]
APRA Awards [ edit ]
APRA Awards are presented annually from 1982 by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). [6 ]
Three Miró Pieces – Richard Meale Best Composition by an Australian Composer
[7 ] Won
Three Miró Pieces (Richard Meale) – Sydney Symphony Orchestra Orchestral Work of the Year
[7 ] Won
References [ edit ]
Bibliography [ edit ]
"Richard Meale – Abandoning Tonality" [radio transcript]. 2008. In
Talking to Kinky and Karlheinz – 170 musicians get vocal on The Music Show ed. Anni Heino, 263–268. Sydney: ABC Books. ISBN 978-0-7333-2008-8.
External links [ edit ]