Composers: Australian Parenthesis

To some British musicians, says Malcolm Williamson, an Australian composer is like a kangaroo at Court — a complete contradiction in terms. But to Williamson, a much admired Australian composer living in Britain, his Down Under background is an up-over musical advantage. "It's wonderful," he says, "not being bothered by tradition."

Last week the boyish, 35-year-old nontraditionalist turned up in Wilton, Conn., for some piano practice and stocktaking. He was homeward bound for a concert tour after 17 years in London, where he has produced a widely performed repertory of orchestral, ballet...

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