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Toop, Richard

Roger Covell

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Chichester, 1 Aug 1945; d Sydney, 19 June 2017). English musicologist, active in Australia. He studied at Hull University (1964–70) with Denis Arnold and Graham Sadler and was active as a pianist in contemporary music in the late 1960s and early 70s. He worked as a teaching assistant to Stockhausen at the Staatliche Musikhochschule in Cologne (1973–4) and in 1975 took a position as assistant lecturer at the New South Wales (later Sydney) Conservatorium, becoming senior lecturer (1981), and later head of musicology and chair of the musicology unit. He taught several of the middle generation of Australian composers in the early 1980s (including Gerard Brophy and Elena Kats-Chernin, for whom he wrote the libretto of a chamber opera, Iphis, 1997) and contributed much to Australian musical life with his teaching, his lucid programme notes, and radio and other lectures. His publications are mainly analyses and studies of later 20th-century music, especially of works by Stockhausen and by Ferneyhough, whose collected writings he co-edited with James Boros (Amsterdam, ...

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Subjects: Contemporary Music

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