WA BENEDICTINE ‘treasure’ Rosendo Salvado deserves recognition as one of Australia’s first significant
composers and pianists.
That’s the view of New Norcia monk and organist Robert Nixon in an article in the 22nd volume of New Norcia Studies launched last week in Subiaco.
Guest speaker and UWA academic Josh Brown, formerly of the university’s Department of Italian Studies, introduced Dom Nixon’s piece about the Spanish New Norcia founder along with several other journal contributions.
“This is Salvado’s longest and most fully developed piece, Fantasia, Variaciones y Final, a work which, until now, has remained unpublished,” Dr Brown said.
Other articles in the journal cover photographs of Aboriginal people, the music they produced under Salvado’s leadership and a discussion of the Spanish monks as migrants.
The work had its genesis in papers delivered at a two-day symposium at the State Library last year to coincide with the bicentenary of Salvado’s birth.
To obtain a copy of the journal visit the New Norcia webpage.