Peter McNamara


Peter McNamara (b. 1980) was born and educated in Sydney, and is one of Australia’s talented emerging composers. McNamara’s works have been commissioned and performed by a variety of major international orchestras and ensembles including Ensemble Modern, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Insomnio, Orchestra Victoria, Orkest de Ereprijs, Ensemble Offspring, Ensemble Phace, Dutch Orchestra & Ensemble Academy, Tokyo Sinfonietta, Ensemble Nomad and the ‘Stroma’ Ensemble.

His work has been commercially recorded for the inaugural Sideband CD in 2014, of which he was a co-producer, and the Kammerklang Alpha CD in 2013. His work has been performed at many international events including the 2008, 2010 and 2013 ISCM World New Music Days conferences in Lithuania, Sydney and Vienna, the 2008, 2009 and 2011 Gaudeamus Music Weeks in Amsterdam, the 30th anniversary concert of the Irino Foundation in 2010, held in Tokyo and the 2007 Asia Pacific Festival in New Zealand.

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Perpetual Inertia, for large chamber ensemble.

The Australian composer Peter McNamara wrote Perpetual Inertia especially for the Dutch Ensemble and Orchestra Academy Ensemble of the 21st Century. The physical concept of eternal inertia, or ‘infinite energy’ in the words of McNamara, formed the inspiration for the work. This concept can be heard in the music through a very vigorous and rhythmic gesture in the dynamics. In the beginning this is noticeable by rapid movement between loud and soft on the note ‘E’. This motif develops during the course of the piece on other tones and with different rhythmic proportions between dynamics.

Featured in Long Waves – August 2016


Peter McNamara was interviewed for the Making Conversation: Australian Composers’ Podcast, Episode 8, 21/09/16.