Date of Award
Bachelor of Music Honours
Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)
Faculty of Education and Arts
This dissertation represents the most complete account to date of the life and works of Australian composer Elsie Hamilton (1880-1965). Through examining the theories of the Anthroposophical movement, I demonstrate how her music feeds from this belief system, and also demonstrate how Hamilton’s stance is congruent with the modernists of her generation. In addition, I position Hamilton’s modal system within the complex mathematics of Greek musical theory (as conceived by her collaborator, Kathleen Schlessinger). Finally, I provide modern editions and electronically manipulated sound files to all of Hamilton’s surviving compositions. Elsie Hamilton’s story is fascinating. This dissertation welcomes her into the canon of music history.
Goh, T. (2014). Australia’s microtonal modernist: The life and works of Elsie Hamilton (1880-1965). https://ro.ecu.edu.au/theses_hons/194