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Music Composed and Conducted
by
Sven Libaek
Title song Lyric by
Lolita Rivera
Sung by "The Flanagans"
Sven Libaek is an Australian composer, record producer and musician who was
born in Norway in 1938, and trained as a pianist. A graduate of the Juilliard
School New York, he came to Australia in 1960, as a member of The
Windjammers (promoting a film) and when the band broke up, he returned to
Australia.
Thereafter Libaek joined newly established CBS as musical director and A&R
manager in 1963, and began composing music for feature films and
documentaries. His credits include Nickel Queen, To Ride a White Horse, Vincent
Serventy's series Nature Walkabout, the drama series Boney (based on Arthur
Upfield's character), Ron and Valerie Taylor's documentary series Inner Space,
and the telemovie The Settlement.
Libaek's music made a cinematic comeback when director Wes Anderson
selected five pieces, all originally part of his score for Inner Space, for use on his
2004 film The Life Aquatic.
Libaek has a wiki here, and he is well-represented on the internet, with a devoted
band of followers. A short biography up to 2006 can be found at the Australian
Music Centre here.
(Below: a young Sven Libaek, and Libaek in 2011)
Lolita Rivera is a musician and lyricist who is also Sven Libaek's wife. She has
contributed to a number of Libaek's works.
The Flanagans started out in the late nineteen fifties as The Fauns and consisted
of Peter, Paul and Margaret Flanagan. They appeared on 6 O'Clock Rock, the
Johnny O'Keefe show, and did covers, starting out with a 1950s US pop inflection
(What Am I Gonna Do), but then extending to tracks like Morningtown Ride.
There is a considerable amount of their material available on YouTube.
Libaek's music for The Set was released on a Philips LP, PDS-337 in 1970, and
can still be found in the second hand marketplace.
Side 1:
Start Growing Up Now (2'57") (Rivera/Libaek) vocals: The Flanagans
The Set (Unsophisticated Little Innocent) (4'21")
Thoughts of Regret (1'55")
You'll Love It (2'10")
Love Me (1'49")
Night Ride (1'20")
Suicide (3'04")
That's Peg's Affair (1'16")
Touching Hands (00'54")
Side 2:
The Fate of Life (4'14")
Come and See (1'48")
That's Peg's Affair (solo guitar) (1'24")
That's What I'm After (2'43")
The Youngsters (4'22")
Where The Daring Go (2'26")
To The Maestro (1'01")
Partytime at Bronoski's (2'32")
Start Growing Up Now (4'08")
The Flanagans also released a 45 on Philips, BF 468
Side A:
Start Growing Up Now, vocals: The Flanagans
Side B:
Sophisticated Little Innocent, vocals: The Flanagans
(Below: in order, The Flanagans in 1964, in 1960 and in 1959)
(Below: some other examples of Sven Libaek's film scores, and his other
recorded work)

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