One of Australia’s greatest living composers celebrates his 80th birthday on Wednesday 29th April. Peter Sculthorpe’s music is quintessentially Australian and he is best known for works such as Kakadu, Sun Music and Earth cry. His use of percussion and the didgeridoo in his compositions evokes the Australian outback and the Australian way of life. In 1963, he started lecturing at the University of Sydney and continues there today as Emeritus Professor, inspiring young Australian composers. In 1970, he received an MBE, which was upgraded in 1977 to an OBE. He is an Australian Living Treasure and was named as one of Australia’s 45 icons in his 70th year. The State Library of WA holds a large collection of his sheet music and recordings, with biographies, videos and critical analysis of some of his works also available. More information on Peter Sculthorpe can be found on the National Library’s website.