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20 November 2019

2019 Albert H Maggs Composition Award to Wally Gunn

Wally Gunn Image: Wally Gunn  
© Thom Rigney

AMC's Associate artist Wally Gunn has won the 2019 Albert H Maggs Composition Award for his piece Moonlite (2019) for 6 voices, 4 percussion and viola. The value of the award is $10,000, with an initial award of $7,000 and $3,000 following submission of the composition to the University of Melbourne Faculty of Fine Arts and Music library.

The panel comment reads: 'Wally Gunn's Moonlite is an extraordinary achievement. The story of a nineteenth-century Australian outlaw is transmuted into a highly idiosyncratic, by turns beautiful and gritty large-scale work. It displays a skillful and imaginative composer making use of an unusual ensemble in inventive and compelling ways.'

Moonlite scene 02 ' The future by the past'; music Wally Gunn, libretto Maria Zajkowski.
Performance by Variant, Mobius Percussion & Veronica Jurkiewicz, viola.

> Winners of the Albert H Maggs Composition Award 1967-2019

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