ARC research on the deep human past inspires a musical response

“In 2018, ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellow, Professor Ann McGrath, a historian at The Australian National University (ANU), was contacted by the New York-based composer, Dr Andreia Pinto Correia, to initiate a creative collaboration that would unite their two worlds, and celebrate the ancient landscapes of Australia with a new musical composition.

The idea of a creative collaboration was sparked in 2014, when Dr Correia and Professor McGrath met and shared ideas during their month-long residencies at the Rockefeller Centre, Bellagio—a foundation that serves to bring scholars and artists together for creative exchanges that aim towards human advancement—situated on the shores of the idyllic Lake Como, in northern Italy.

In her compositions, Dr Correia draws upon her Portuguese heritage, deep knowledge of its folk traditions and historic places, and her insights into European literature, intellectual traditions and languages. Dr Correia has composed unique pieces for leading orchestras, ensembles and solo artists internationally, including a symphony performed at the Tanglewood Music Centre, major pieces for the Boston Symphony orchestra and other orchestras around the world.”

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