Death of a reformed modernist

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.

roger smalley

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  • Very sorry to read this. He did the Australian premiere of a work of mine back in 1991. His Symphony in 1 Movement and his Piano Concerto are marvellous works that need to be better known. RIP.

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