The most famous of these occasions was when Sir
It was one of Sculthorpe's first works to be heard in
The series of pieces he produced under that name were, he said, just a few of his "children" - his term for his copious output of 350 compositions.
When the rival
Born in Launceston,
Educated at the local church grammar school, where he compiled a dictionary of Aboriginal words, he was taught the piano from the age of seven but was smacked by his teacher for trying to compose.
He studied at
When, in 1966, he was commissioned to write his first Sun Music for the
His career, although by then well and truly begun, was to dismay some of the critics, one of whom famously greeted the sixth of his 18 string quartets (works filled with unusual sonic effects) as a study of an elephant - it was certainly slow-moving, dragging barbed wire across a corrugated iron roof.
His Quartet No 16, composed in 2006, would have been well suited to the subject of this year's Edinburgh Festival, for it commemorates the women and children killed in the Iraq War. Similarly, his important Requiem of 2004, about the fate of asylum- seekers in
Sculthorpe's opera Rites Of Passage, to a libretto by the Australian novelist
Sculthorpe taught at
He received the MBE in 1970, the OBE in 1977, and was named one of
He remained unmarried, though he was twice engaged. His works, as he said, were his family.