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Banks, Don

Banks, Don ( Donald Oscar Banks) (b Melbourne, 1923; d Sydney, NSW, 1980). Australian composer. Worked in Australia as jazz pianist and arranger. Several film scores. Met Milton Babbitt in 1952 and followed his excursions into elec. mus. Mus. dir., Goldsmiths’ College, London Univ., 1969–71. Head of comp. and elec. mus. studies, Canberra Sch. of Mus. from 1974. Prin. works incl. concs. for vn. (1968), hn. (1965); Settings from Roget, jazz singer, jazz qt. (1966); Assemblies, orch. (1966); Tirade, mez., pf., harp, perc. (1968); Psalm 70, sop., chamber orch.; Divisions, orch.; Nexus, orch., jazz quintet; Commentary, pf., tape; Prospects (1973).

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