Leo Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina is one of the most beloved pieces of literature in the world. In the cover feature of Limelight’s June 2021 issue, Deborah Jones explores why the novel is so popular and why it has inspired so many adaptations – including a new ballet by starry Russian duo, choreographer Yuri Possokhov and composer Ilya Demutsky, which The Australian Ballet is about to unveil.
The June issue also includes a trio of features on composing women. Only a handful of composers were regularly programmed by Australian symphony orchestras during the 20th century. However, as Yvonne Frindle investigates in her feature A Note to Notable Women, this is slowly beginning to change. She explores the initiatives the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra has introduced in 2021 to help redress the balance including the mini festival She Speaks and the Miriam Hyde Circle.
On that note, in Completing the Circle, Miriam Hyde’s daughter Christine Edwards answers some questions about her mother’s love of music, her devotion to her family, and how surprised and humbled she would have been that the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra has named the Miriam Hyde Circle in her honour.
Hyde received an Honorary doctorate from Macquarie University on the same day as her friend and colleague Dulcie Holland. In Travels with my Grandmother, Holland’s granddaughter, Julie Ihle, shares insights from Holland’s travel journal, which she discovered following her death in the 2000. Re-reading her grandmother’s diary – which describes the composer’s years studying in London on the eve of the Second World War – Ihle was struck by the similarities with COVID, and how Holland’s heartbreaking decision to abandon her studies and return home affected her music career.
Continuing the theme of Australian music, pianist Tonya Lemoh looks at the life and work of Raymond Hanson in A Genius Lost and Found. When she first saw the score of Hanson’s Opus 12 Piano Sonata, she was hooked. Who was this Australian composer? What else had he written? Why was he so little known? It was the start of a fascinating journey that led to a thesis and the recording of his complete piano works.
Also in this issue, Jo Litson speaks to choreographer Amy Campbell ahead of her new production of A Chorus Line, Clive Paget rounds up the best of this month’s new recordings, Gordon Hamilton tells us about his “psychedelic violin concerto” composed in lockdown in Berlin, star soprano Sonya Yoncheva tells us about her new album, Christopher Latham writes about his Vietnam Requiem and Lynden Barber reviews the film My Name is Gulpilil.
And there’s plenty more, including Guy Noble’s latest column, a new cartoon from Peter Berner, Diana Simmonds asks nose-wrinkling concert goers to give it a rest, Hamed Sadeghi tells us about the Tar in Playing Up, the Australian World Orchestra’s founder and CEO Gabrielle Thompson answers 5 Questions, and producer Lisa Campbell tells us about the role of music in her life in this month’s My Music.