On a Harkness Fellowship, Australian composer Vincent Plush travelled to the USA to an initial base at Yale University. From there he began an enormous exercise in networking, travelling around the USA to meet, especially, American composers. Over the next 20 years he interviewed over 200 of them and among other things produced radio programs for broadcast in Australia. He also, back in Australia, produced programs of Australian composers for broadcast in the US. This article is bountiful in details of Plush’s peregrinations.
The story of Plush’s progress around the USA and back and forth to Australia continues, cross-promoting the music and composers of both. We glimpse Australia in 1999, making up nearly 20 years since he first left Australia on his Harkness Fellowship (see Part 1 of his INSIDE THE MUSICIAN contributions).