Death of a reformed modernistmain
The Manchester-born composer Roger Smalley, who has died in Sydney at 72, started out as Stockhausen’s assistant, an enthusiastic purveyor of all things electronic.
Then he moved to Australia, taught at Perth, and wrote a symphony and piano concerto. His Variations on a Theme of Chopin is described as ‘a milestone in Australian repertoire for solo piano’. In 2011 Roger was appointed to the Order of Australia (AM).
May he rest in peace.