Eric Gross has been a prominent force in Australia as a composer, teacher and lobbyist for Australian music. As a composer, his accessible and well-crafted music has reached a wide public. As a teacher he has been a strong influence on a whole generation of music students, and his various periods as President of the Fellowship of Australian Composers have placed that organisation firmly as the representative body for composers in Australia.
He was born in Vienna in 1926 and commenced piano lessons at an early age. In 1938 he migrated to England and, after the Second World War, studied at London´s Trinity College of Music. He worked as a professional pianist with light music and dance orchestras, and in 1950 went to Ceylon for two years, where he worked for Radio Ceylon.
From 1953 to 1957 he studied at the University of Aberdeen, where he gained his M.A. degree. He then went to Noumea, New Caledonia as a teacher for six months.
He has lived in Sydney since 1958, except for a year´s return to the University of Aberdeen in 1967, when he was awarded the M.Litt.. In 1963, he became a Fellow of the Trinity College of Music and, in 1975, gained his D.Mus. from the University of Aberdeen.
In 1959, Eric Gross began his career in Australia as a freelance arranger of light music for the Australian Broadcasting Commission, then joined the NSW State Conservatorium of Music for a brief period. Both these activities left him little time for composition, but in 1960, he joined the staff of the Department of Music at the University of Sydney, where he is now Associate Professor.
As President of the Fellowship of Australian Composers, Eric Gross has represented Australia at several meetings of the Asian Composers´ League and, in 1979, was elected a member of the Executive of the League.
Australian Double Reeds, op. 178. Seven traditional Australian songs arranged for Oboe and 2 Cor Anglais. This medley of Folksongs was arranged in 1990 for the Melba Trio, then active in Melbourne, Victoria. This music is also suitable for performances in schools and should be performed with great enthusiasm and enjoyment. The following folksongs have been included: Click to the Shears – The Derby Ram (A) – The Banks of the Condamine (C) – Are you there, Moriarity? (D) – The Stockman’s last Bed (E) – Why did she leave Killarney? (F) – Waltzing Matilda (H).