Cen­tral­ity of cre­ativ­ity

The Weekend Australian - - COMMENTARY -

The call by Kim Wil­liams to strive for a re­freshed view of Aus­tralia’s mu­si­cal her­itage is surely the most im­port- ant ex­pres­sion of leadership in this area since Paul Keat­ing’s eu­logy for Ge­of­frey Tozer in 2009 (“When cul­tural prom­ise is nur­tured and ful­filled, the na­tion blos­soms”, 8/11).

His plea comes at a time when Aus­tralians are at greater risk than ever of los­ing the glo­ri­ous mu­si­cal achieve­ments of West­ern civil­i­sa­tion — adapted by such bril­liant Aus­tralian tal­ents as Peter Sculthorpe and Peggy Glanville-Hicks — in a sea of so­cial me­dia ba­nal­ity.

Sadly, the ret­ro­grade ac­tions of some of those en­trusted with power, have contributed to the fail­ure to pro­duce a cul­ture in which cre­ativ­ity is seen as cen­tral to a good so­ci­ety. It is surely the re­spon­si­bil­ity and duty of such peo­ple to pro­vide leadership in the do­main of art mu­sic, a field of cre­ative en­deav­our that of­fers unique pos­si­bil­i­ties to pro­mote in­tel­lec­tual and imag­i­na­tive life. Arts fund­ing with­out such leadership will only pro­duce more medi­ocrity.

For­mer prime min­is­ters Holt, Gorton, Whit­lam and Keat­ing, clearly un­der­stood the ways in which mu­sic can en­rich the life of the na­tion. One hopes that Wil­liams’ words will in­flu­ence our leadership to value our artis­tic el­ders prop­erly, and to take bold steps to up­hold their legacy. Peter Wyllie John­ston, East Mel­bourne, Vic

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