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Conyngham, Barry

Conyngham, Barry (b Sydney, NSW, 1944). Australian composer. Began as jazz player. In San Diego 1972–4 and France 1974–5. Returned to Amer. 1982 as visiting scholar, Minnesota Univ. and Pennsylvania State Univ. Served on various Australian artistic boards and committees. Works incl.: OPERA & MUS. THEATRE: Edward John Eyre, narr., ch. (1973); Mirror Images, 4 actors, ens. (1974–5); Ned, opera (1975–8); The Apology of Bony Anderson, 1-act opera (1978); Bony Anderson, bar., ens. (1978); Fly, opera (1981–4); The Oath of Bad Brown Bill, children's opera (1985); Bennelong, puppet opera (1988). ORCH.: Crisis: Thoughts in a City, 2 str. orch., perc. (1968); Five Windows (1969); Water … Footsteps … Time (1970–1); Six, 6 perc. players, orch. (1971); Without Gesture, solo perc., hp., pf., orch. (1973); Sky, str. (1977); Mirages (1978); Concerto for Orchestra: Horizons (1981); Recurrences, org., cel., 2 pf., elec. pf., orch. (1986); Vast: I, The Sea, II, The Coast, III, The Centre (III for vn., va., vc., db., orch.), IV, The Cities (1987). CONCERTOS: Ice Carving, vn., 4 str. orch. (1970); db. conc. Shadows of Nōh (1978); Southern Cross, vn., pf., orch. (1981); vc. conc. (1984). CHAMBER MUSIC: Five, wind quintet (1970–1); str. qt. (1979); Voicings, fl., tb., perc., pf., tape (1983). VOICE(S) & INSTRS.: From Voss, female v., hp., perc. (1973); Bashō, sop., ens. (1981); Antipodes, sop., ten., bar., didjeridu, ch., orch. (1984–5).

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