For three generations the ABC's symphony orchestras were a jewel in the crown of Australian culture, allowing audiences to hear Rubenstein, tauber, Szell, Beecham, Schwarzkopf, Rostropovich and Klemperer in their primes, while providing career-long employment for Australia's own leading classical musicians.Much less well known is the fact that for many years the ABC's in-house musical ensembles also included full-time dance bands, a military band and wireless choruses of uncommon distinction.In this ground-breaking study of the complete gamut of ABC music-making, well-known author and music critic Martin Buzacott describes how, often against the odds, the ABC's musical founders - including Sir Charles Moses, Sir Bernard Heinze and William G. James - created a culture of musical excellence whose legacy remains with us today.Based on unprecedented access to the ABC's archives and personal interviews with many leading Australian musicians, the Rite of Spring: 75 Years of ABC Music-Making takes a fascinating journey through a musical history in which all Australians have shared.

About the author(s)

Dr Martin Buzacott is Adjunct Professor at the School of English, Media Studies and Art History at the University of Queensland, and music critic for The Courier-Mail and ABC Radio National's 'The Music Show'. Well known as a program note writer and pre-concert speaker, he was formerly publications editor of Symphony Australia, Artistic Administrator of the Queensland Orchestra, and CEO of the Queensland Writers' Centre. He is the author of two other books for ABC Books.

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