Nigel Butterley, composer, teacher, broadcaster and pianist, has died at the age of 86. Butterley first captured the imagination of listeners in the 1960s, when a handful of concert pieces and an international prize-winning choral-orchestral radio composition In the head the fire (1966) placed the wide-eyed 30-year-old among the new hopes of a rising Australian musical generation.
Inspired by mystical poetry, the natural world, the human voice, and the characters of the performers he wrote for, his elusive music holds a unique place in the Australian classical pantheon.
Nigel Butterley Cause Of Death: How Did Nigel Butterley Die?
The cause of his death is still unknown at this time of this writing in February 2022.
Who Was Nigel Butterley?
Since the 1960s, Butterley has quietly created a substantial body of music, ranging from tiny chamber pieces to vast orchestral works and epic song cycles, all of which reflect his enthusiasm and wonder for the natural world and the mystery of being alive.