Changing identities: the pianist and composer Helen Perkin

Richards, Fiona (2002). Changing identities: the pianist and composer Helen Perkin. Australasian Music Research, 7 pp. 15–30.


As a pianist, Helen Perkin (1909-1996) was a leading soloist in the 1930s.As a composer, she was prolific. Her surviving output includes songs, chamber music, orchestral and brass band works, pieces for solo piano and ballet and film music. This paper is both an introduction to Helen Perkin, and a consideration of her identity as a musician in the twentieth century. Extracts from archive material are worked into a succinct survey of her personal and professional life. This is considered within the context of professional music-making in Britain, Europe and Australia.

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