Henry Tate


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(1873–1926), born Prahran, Melbourne, was a successful musician, composer and music critic for the Age (1924–26), as well as a poet and short-story writer. His ideas for an individual and distinctive Australian music are contained in Australian Musical Possibilities (1924). An active participant in the Australian Institute of Arts and Literature, Tate worked with Louis Esson, William Moore and Bernard O'Dowd. He joined Moore and Dora Wilcox in a musical version of their play ‘The Dangerous Moonlight’, and composed musical settings for the poems of ‘Furnley Maurice’, titled Songs of Reverie. His verse included The Rune of the Bunyip (Four Grotesques) (1910), Lost Love (1918) and a collected edition, The Poems of Henry Tate (1928). His short stories appeared in the Bulletin, the Sydney Sun, and in Melbourne newspapers.

From The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature in Oxford Reference.

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