Death of a dedicated Australian composer, 84

Death of a dedicated Australian composer, 84


norman lebrecht

January 03, 2018

The death is reported of Colin Brumby, a prominent composer who lived all his adult life in Brisbane.

He was music director of the Queensland Opera Company and wrote extensively for stage.



  • Sue says:

    A life well lived. Vale Colin.

  • Ross Amico says:

    So sorry to hear this! He wrote a lovely piano concerto. Totally out of step with the times, but very beautiful. I can’t find it on YouTube, but here is the slow movement of his Flute Concerto. R.I.P.

  • YoYo Mama says:

    Classical music is meant to be timeless, not “in step with the times.” Only no-talents go with the times, and he had real talent. You can always judge a composer by how well they write for the harp. A real talent writes well for it.