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Professor Andrew Dalgarno McCredie (1930-2006)
Papers 1972-1991

MSS 780.01 M13a


Biographical Note

Andrew McCredie (1930-206) obtained his first degrees from the University of Sydney and doctorate from the University of Hamburg in 1966 before appointment to the University of Adelaide as a Senior Research Fellow, Senior Lecturer, Reader and (from 1978) Professor in Musicology at the Elder Conservatorium of Music.  At Adelaide he pioneered teaching in musicology and was active in promoting international conferences and symposia in addition to lecturing widely within and outside Australia, publishing extensively and editing the journal Miscellanea Musicologica from its inception in 1966.  McCredie was awarded numerous prizes and honours, including Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (1975) and Member of the Order of Australia (1984).

These papers principally relate to the symposia, conferences and festivals organized under his direction while at Adelaide, and the research for history of the performing arts in South Australia published as From Colonel Light into the footlights.  They were deposited by McCredie in 1982 and 1991, with additional material received subsequent to his retirement from Adelaide in 1994.

Contents listing


1-79. Papers relating to the Third International Musicological Society Symposium, Adelaide 24-30 September 1979.  30 cm.
Correspondence with speakers, organising and sponsoring bodies (including  the Australia Music Centre, Australian-American Education Foundation,  Australia Council, International Music Council, Commonwealth and State  Government, the ABC and University of Adelaide), programmes of  symposium, formal ceremonies and associated concerts, paper abstracts,  publicity and finance.  Speakers represented in the correspondence include  Malena Kuss, Walter Pass, Zoltan Roman, Samuel Claro-Valdes, Marie-Claire  Beltrando-Patier, Georgii Pastelli, Ahmal Parwez, Kurt von Fischer, Stephen  Banfield, Fritz Noske, William Austin, Malcolm Brown, E.K. Kirk, R.M.  Longyear, Bruno Nettl, Robert Stevenson, Peter Etzkorn, William Summers,  Arthur Wenk, R. Günther, Dragotin Cvetko and Richard H. Samuel.

80-83. Papers relating to a research project undertaken to produce a History of the Performing Arts in South Australia, 1985-1986 [published as From Colonel Light into the Footlights in 1988] 10 cm.
80. Replies to requests for information from arts bodies, in particular the National Trust, Whyalla Players, Port Lincoln Players and Northern Regional  Cultural Trust, comprising notes and published items on activities and some  programmes.
81. Biographical information on composers Malcolm Fox, Benjamin North, Horace Perkins and Chester Schultz, with related correspondence 1985.
82. Biographical information on George Coppin and notes and articles on  Adelaide theatres, instrumental music, contemporary music and APRA.
83. Photographs of artists, concerts, performances and programmes, supplied for/used in the History: most copies but include original photographs of the Adelaide Orpheus Society Jubilee concert 1938, of John Dempster (undated) and of visiting dancers and Adelaide dance teachers 1936. Housed in MAP CABINET
See also folders 87-88

84-85. Papers relating to the organisation of the Haydn Festival and Conference, May 1982. 4 cm.
84. Programmes of the conference and associated concerts, agenda of  meetings, correspondence 1981-1982.
85. Paper topics and outlines and correspondence with speakers 1981-1982

86. Papers relating to the Musicological Society of Australia Bach Tercentenary Conference and Bach/Berg Festival, July 1985. 3 cm.
Programmes, administrative arrangements and minutes, correspondence  1984-1985, including with and re speakers Robert Marshall, Georg von Dadelsen and Ulrich Siegele.

87-88. Papers relating to [proposed centenary concert of] compositions of Hooper Brewster-Jones and Horace Perkins. 4 cm.
Includes programmes of performances of the works of Brewster-Jones  (undated - early) and Perkins 1951-1961, lists of their music/compositions, photocopies of newspapers articles re performances and photographs of Brewster Jones; also list of first performances of South Australian works, compiled from the South Australian Register of 1836-1957; and notes/drafts of article by Brewster-Jones on early Adelaide music and musicians.

89. Papers relating to the Mozart Bicentennial Conference Festival 1991. 4 cm.
Administration, sponsorship and funding, programme and correspondence 1991 with (proposed) speakers, including Alexander Ivashkin, Neal Zaslaw, Peter Ruzicka and Zdenka Pilkova.

90. Correspondence with and regarding Gordon Anderson, 1972-1984 and Cecil Hill, 1977-1982. 2 cm.
Correspondence with Anderson until his death in 1981 and subsequently regarding his obituary and memorial.

91. Correspondence with postgraduate students (some also subsequent to  completion of their studies), 1974-1991. 3 cm.
Mainly letters regarding progress with their thesis; students include Michael Burden, Enrique Cainglet, Margaret Cominos, A.H. Forbes, Brian Howard, Nora Monahin, Helen Payne, Julja Szuster, Graham Strahle, Carol Williams and Graham Williams.

92. Submission by McCredie to Committee of Enquiry into Opera/Music Theatre in Australia, 1979, and reprints of articles 1983 and undated. 6 items.



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