Those familiar with the list of Christmas carols commissioned annually by King's College Cambridge for their famous Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols will recognize the name of Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe. Sculthorpe's carol "The Birthday of Thy King" was sung at that service in 1988.
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In orchestral works such as the Sun Music series (1965–69), Mangrove (1979), Earth Cry (1986), Kakadu (1988) and Memento mori (1993), Sculthorpe addressed a wide audience, communicating with them in a direct manner similar to the way in which Aaron Copland had addressed American audiences. However, there was a difference. At the height of Roosevelt's New Deal, Copland had deliberately set out to find an American style, assembling it from hoedowns and hymns. Sculthorpe, at least initially, was far less deliberate in his methods.
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