I am not familiar with all of his work. What I did hear was well worth it.
I met him a couple of years ago. During a visit to Canberra, I stayed witho a friend who is a chorister, and we sang in the same choir. She also sang in an excellent smaller choir. During my visit my former choir gave a concert, and the program included the Victoria Requiem, and Peter Sculthorpe's new work, a Requiem. It was a very moving work - in my view a true Requiem, in the great tradition of Western classical and religious music.
After the concert I met various friends and fellow choristers. Peter Sculthorpe was sitting with friends at a nearby table . I wanted to tell him how wonderfu and moving his Requiem was - in my view a true Requiem. I went over to his table, and told him so, and expressed my admiration and appreciation of his music, and added that I had been recently widowed, and that this Requiem resonated powerfully with me - which is what we want and need from such music. Peter Sculthorpe was so kind and sympathetic, and seemed glad to be told that his music reached my soul. I was privileged to meet him and to talk to him. His work will endure and we will remember him and his music.
Requiescat in Pace.