Powerful figure in Australian music from the 1930s to the 1970s. He introduced classical music into Australia's mainstream culture.
He began composing while he was a child, with the first professional performance of his work occurring when he was six.
His versatility was shown on his Soundtrack for the 1935 film "The Burgomeister," for which he wrote a drinking song, a peasant song, a waltz, and a lullaby.
He served as Noel Coward's accompanist during the actor's 1940 appearance in Melbourne.