Antill, John (Henry)

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Antill, John (Henry)

Antill, John (Henry), Australian composer; b. Sydney, April 8, 1904; d. there, Dec. 29, 1986. He studied with Alfred Hill at the New South Wales State Conser-vatorium of Music in Sydney; from 1934 to 1971 he worked for the Australian Broadcasting Commission (later Corp.). In 1971 he received the Order of the British Empire, and in 1981 was made a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George.


DRAMATIC: Opera: Endymion (1922; Sydney, July 22, 1953); The Music Critic (1953); The First Christmas (ABC, Dec. 25, 1969). ballet:Corroborée (c. 1935-46; Sydney, July 3, 1950; rev. 1960); Wakooka (1957); Black Opal (1961); Snowy (1961); Paean to the Spirit of Man (1968). ORCH. Variations (1953); Symphony of a City (1959); Music for a Royal Pageant (1962); Harmonica Concerto (1964); The Unknown Land (1968). VOCAL: The Song of Hagar, oratorio (1958); songs.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire