Dr Graeme Skinner

Honorary Associate in Musicology

C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music
The University of Sydney


Biographical details

Graeme Skinner is an independent scholar, writer, musicologist, and Australian music historian.

He is currently (2011-2017) an Honorary Associate of the University of Sydney, in the Musicology Unit, Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

He is author of the biography Peter Sculthorpe: the making of an Australian composer (University of New South Wales Press 2007), which covers the first half of the composer's career to 1974. The book has been reissued in 2015 as a paperback and ebook with a new preface written after the composer's death.

Graeme has published books, academic book chapters, and peer-reviewed journal articles in both his main areas of his scholarly research to date, the history of Australian music and musical composition, and the historical sacred liturgical music sources, plainsong and polyphony, of Toledo Cathedral in Spain.

He was a 2007 Harold White Fellow at the National Library of Australia, and a featured author at the 2008 Sydney Writers Festival. His research and publications have been supported by major funding from the Australian Council of the Arts and the University of Sydney.

He is curator of the online research resource Australharmony (http://sydney.edu.au/paradisec/australharmony) in which he continues documentation, begun in his doctoral thesis, of Australian music and musicians of the colonial and early Federation eras.

He also curates a public virtual resource on Trove (http://trove.nla.gov.au/book/result?l-publictag=Australian_colonial_music), under the profile is australharmony.

With co-author Michael Noone, he is completing for forthcoming publication a catalogue of the 16th-century polyphonic choirbooks of Toledo Cathedral, Spain.

Graeme is currently preparing a companion second and final volume to his Sculthorpe biography.

Current projects

Graeme Skinner (University of Sydney),Australharmony: an online resource for research into Australian music and musicians in the colonial and early Federation era (published online by Sydney Conservatorium, University of Sydney, July 2014) http://sydney.edu.au/paradisec/australharmony

Michael Noone & Graeme Skinner (University of Sydney), “Liturgia y polifonía: internacionalización y localismo en la catedral de Toledo durante los años de El Greco” (“Liturgy and polyphony: globalisation and localisation in the Cathedral of Toledo during El Greco’s time”), in Symposium El Greco’s Musical Environment, Toledo, 30 January-2 February 2014, also to be in printed proceedings (Toledo: Real Fundación de Toledo, 2014 forthcoming).

In the media

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Recent presentations:

“Musical ‘Sydney moderns’ between the two world wars?”, paper presented at Raymond Hanson Centenary Symposium, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney, 23 November 2013; convenors: Assoc. Prof. Kathleen Nelson and Dr. Joanna Drimatis.

“Sydney Cecilians and Dilettanti: implanting the science and practice of music in early colonial Australia, 1838–1842”, invited paper at “Global Corelli: fame and music in the early modern world” symposium, School of Music, Australian National University, 4–5 November 2013; convenor: Dr. David R. M. Irving.

“Mapping early Australian music with Trove: a new paradigm for Australian colonial historiography”, 2010 Conference IAML Australia (International Association of Music Librarians), Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, 2-3 September 2010.

Other contributions to online and printed book references (all invited/commissioned):

Four biography/work entries on contemporary Australian composers, for Grove music Online (New York: Oxford University Press, new entries uploaded 26 Oct 2011): “Grabowsky, Paul”; “Stanhope, Paul”; “Edwards, Ross” (co-authored with Warren Bebbington); “Vine, Carl” (co-authored with Warren Bebbington).

Twenty three biographical entries on Sydney colonial and early Federation composers and musiciansin www.dictionaryofsydney.org phase 1 and 2 (2009-11); full list: http://www.dictionaryofsydney.org/contributor/graeme_skinner:

Alpen, Hugo; Austral String Quartet (1); Bishop, Anna; Bochsa, Nicholas; Bradley, Joseph; Clutsam, George; Collegium Musicum (Gosch); Deane, John Philip; Delany, John; Ellard, Frederick; Kelly, Frederick Septimus; Lemmone, John; McCormick, Peter; Monk, Cyril; Monk, Varney; Nathan, Isaac; Packer, Charles; Paul, Mrs John; Plummer, George; Spagnoletti, Ernesto (sen. & jun.); Truman, Ernest; Wallace, William Vincent; Worgan, George Bouchier.

7 biographical entries on composers:“Primavera, Giovanni”,in Robert Aldrich and Garry Wotherspoon (eds), Who’s who in gay and lesbian history: from antiquity to World War II (London: Routledge, 2001/03), 424-25; “Rosenmüller, Johann”,452-53; “Szymanowski, Karel”,509-10; “Cowell, Henry”, 127-28; “Tippett, Michael”, 401-03; “Poulenc, Francis”,335-36; “Rorem, Ned”, 357.

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Skinner, G. (2007). Peter Sculthorpe: the making of an Australian composer. Sydney Australia: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.

Book Chapters

  • Skinner, G. (2015). Australian Musical First Modernism. In Stephen Ross, Allana C. Lindgren (Eds.), The Modernist World, (pp. 273-281). Abingdon: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Noone, M., Skinner, G. (2013). The cathedral, the copyist, the composer and the canon: revisiting Toledo Cathedral's Victoria Choirbook and the Liber primus (1576). In Javier Suarez-Pajares, Manuel del Sol (Eds.), Estudios. Tomas Luis de Victoria. Studies, (pp. 37-54). Madrid, Spain: ICCMU.
  • Noone, M., Skinner, G. (2007). The nuevo rezado, music scribes, and the restoration of Morales's Toledo lamentation. In Owen Rees and Bernadette Nelson (Eds.), Cristobal de Morales: sources, influences, reception, (pp. 3-22). Rochester NY: Boydell Press.

Journals

  • Skinner, G. (2015). The Invention of Australian Music. Musicology Australia, 37(2), 289-306. [More Information]
  • Skinner, G. (2011). Australian composers and arrangers of early colonial synagogue music: new light on Isaac Nathan, James Reichenberg, and Herman Helzel. Australian Jewish Historical Society. Journal, 20(2), 193-214.
  • Skinner, G. (2011). Mapping Australian colonial music with Trove: new paradigms for music research, teaching, and librarianship. Music Reference Services Quarterly, 14(1-2 Special Issue), 1-13. [More Information]
  • Noone, M., Skinner, G., Collado, A. (2008). El fondo de cantorales de canto llano de la catedral de Toledo: informe y catalogo provisional. Memoria Ecclesiae, 31, 585-632.
  • Skinner, G. (2008). Some makings of an Australian composer (1964-65): historical context and the National Library of Australia’s Peter Sculthorpe Papers. Fontes Artis Musicae, 55(1), 111-127.
  • Skinner, G. (2006). Peter Sculthorpe: los espiritus del lugar. Sibila (Revista de arte, musica y literatura Sevilla), 21(April 2006), 47-54.
  • Noone, M., Skinner, G. (2006). Toledo Cathedral’s collection of manuscript plainsong choirbooks: a preliminary report and checklist. Music Library Association. Notes: quarterly journal of the music library association, 63(2), 289-328.

Conferences

  • Noone, M., Skinner, G. (2009). Toledo Cathedral’s manuscript polyphonic choirbooks ToleBC 18, ToleBC 25, and ToleBC 34 and their origins. International Colloquium on the Theory, Authorship and Transmission of Music in the Age of the Renaissance, Lisboa Evora: CESEM, Centro de Historia da Arte da Universidade de Evora.

Web based exhibition

  • Skinner, G. (2015). Australharmony: an online resource toward the history of music in colonial and early Federation Australia. Australia: PARADISEC.

2015

  • Skinner, G. (2015). Australharmony: an online resource toward the history of music in colonial and early Federation Australia. Australia: PARADISEC.
  • Skinner, G. (2015). Australian Musical First Modernism. In Stephen Ross, Allana C. Lindgren (Eds.), The Modernist World, (pp. 273-281). Abingdon: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Skinner, G. (2015). The Invention of Australian Music. Musicology Australia, 37(2), 289-306. [More Information]

2013

  • Noone, M., Skinner, G. (2013). The cathedral, the copyist, the composer and the canon: revisiting Toledo Cathedral's Victoria Choirbook and the Liber primus (1576). In Javier Suarez-Pajares, Manuel del Sol (Eds.), Estudios. Tomas Luis de Victoria. Studies, (pp. 37-54). Madrid, Spain: ICCMU.

2011

  • Skinner, G. (2011). Australian composers and arrangers of early colonial synagogue music: new light on Isaac Nathan, James Reichenberg, and Herman Helzel. Australian Jewish Historical Society. Journal, 20(2), 193-214.
  • Skinner, G. (2011). Mapping Australian colonial music with Trove: new paradigms for music research, teaching, and librarianship. Music Reference Services Quarterly, 14(1-2 Special Issue), 1-13. [More Information]

2009

  • Noone, M., Skinner, G. (2009). Toledo Cathedral’s manuscript polyphonic choirbooks ToleBC 18, ToleBC 25, and ToleBC 34 and their origins. International Colloquium on the Theory, Authorship and Transmission of Music in the Age of the Renaissance, Lisboa Evora: CESEM, Centro de Historia da Arte da Universidade de Evora.

2008

  • Noone, M., Skinner, G., Collado, A. (2008). El fondo de cantorales de canto llano de la catedral de Toledo: informe y catalogo provisional. Memoria Ecclesiae, 31, 585-632.
  • Skinner, G. (2008). Some makings of an Australian composer (1964-65): historical context and the National Library of Australia’s Peter Sculthorpe Papers. Fontes Artis Musicae, 55(1), 111-127.

2007

  • Skinner, G. (2007). Peter Sculthorpe: the making of an Australian composer. Sydney Australia: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.
  • Noone, M., Skinner, G. (2007). The nuevo rezado, music scribes, and the restoration of Morales's Toledo lamentation. In Owen Rees and Bernadette Nelson (Eds.), Cristobal de Morales: sources, influences, reception, (pp. 3-22). Rochester NY: Boydell Press.

2006

  • Skinner, G. (2006). Peter Sculthorpe: los espiritus del lugar. Sibila (Revista de arte, musica y literatura Sevilla), 21(April 2006), 47-54.
  • Noone, M., Skinner, G. (2006). Toledo Cathedral’s collection of manuscript plainsong choirbooks: a preliminary report and checklist. Music Library Association. Notes: quarterly journal of the music library association, 63(2), 289-328.

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