Crimson Rosella - harpsichords by Ann Carr-boyd

Two scores and part

For two harpsichords and optional acoustic guitar, c.10'45.  Advanced level of difficulty.
The Suite is named in honour of one of Australia’s most spectacular and beautiful birds.
In the first of four sections, a ‘whimsical andantino’.  In the second section the interjections from Harpsichord. Two are stylised snatches of birdsong. Next there is a Tango. The last section consists of adaptation of my mandolin piece Fandango for mandolins - a transfer of music written for one type of plucked instrument (the mandolin) to another (the harpsichord). 
Composed 2015
Recorded by Diana Weston and Michael Taslka on Lady Huang's Album (Wirr 087), available online
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Lady Huang's Album by Diana Blom


Four pieces for double manual harpsichord, c.6'35
This piece is influenced by the music of the seven-string long Chinese zither, the ch'in.  
Composed 1984 rev 2007. Recorded by Diana Weston and Michael Taslka on Lady Huang's Album (Wirr 087), available online
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New Music for Multiple Keyboards by Blom, Hannan,


 for piano, toy piano, harpsichord, MIDI piano
Diana Blom and Michael Hannan, the curators and producers of this double CD of new music for multiple keyboards, were students together at the Department of Music of the University of Sydney in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Both were also studying harpsichord with Dorothy White in this period.
When she was on the staff of ABC music in the mid-1970s, Diana Blom produced recordings of Michael Hannan playing Peter Sculthorpe's Koto Musics and Landscape, works that involve multitracking of extended technique piano parts. These recordings were subsequently released on a Move Records LP and later re-released on several Move Records CDs. In 2006 Diana and Michael presented concerts of a dozen or so of their solo piano works in both Sydney where Diana lives, and in Nimbin where Michael lives. The concerts included performances by them of Diana's The Green Man Dances for piano duet. This piece was included on the Multiple Keyboards project but played, on this occasion, by Jennifer MacRitchie and Pablo Puentes.
Since that piano performance project, Michael and Diana have collaborated on several composition repertoire-creation projects, notably the Shadows and Silhouettes performance at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 2010. This project, initially involving Australian composers writing piano pieces influenced by Chinese culture, was eventually taken up by Italian pianist, Antonietta Loffredo, resulting in the Shadows and Silhouettes CD (Wirripang, Wirr 047, 2012) which includes Chinese culture-inspired works from Australia, Italy, Singapore and Malaysia.
The idea of the "Multiple Keyboards" project sprang from these earlier experiences. In discussion, Diana and Michael felt they would like to create an album of new works that fitted the general principle of two or more keyboardists playing on one or more keyboard instruments. The instrumentation is dominated by pianos and toy pianos (and combinations thereof), but there is one work for multi-tracked harpsichords and another for multi-tracked MIDI electric pianos.
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Cloudcatcher I (Michael Hannan)
1.  i  Flight
2.  ii  Meditation
3. iii Vibration
4.  iv  Birdsong
5.  Music Battuta: Double Toy Piano Étude for One Soloist No. 438 (Andrián Pertout)
6.  Two Chinese Folk Songs - "Little Cabbage" (Diana Blom)
7.  Impromobile - Take 2 (Michael Hannan)
8.  Sunshower (Felicity Martin)
9.  Two Chinese Folk Songs - "Fisherman's Joy" (Diana Blom)
10. Calder's Surprise - Take 2 (Diana Blom)
11. Drawing Firewheels (Diana Blom)
Landscape/Soundscape I (Michael Hannan)
12.  i
13.  ii
14.  iii
15.  Braided River (Diana Blom)
1.   Freefall (Diana Blom)
2.   Holding Masks (Paul Smith)
3.   After the rain (Diana Blom)
4.   Impromobile - Take 2 (Michael Hannan)
Riff Madness III (Michael Hannan)
5.   i
6.   ii
7.   iii
8.  The Greenmann Dance (Diana Blom)
9.  Calder's Surprise - Take 1 (Diana Blom)
10. Clutter (Paul Smith)
11. River Circles (Diana Blom)
12. Landscape/Soundscape II (Michael Hannan)



Pets 4 US by May Howlett

Score and parts

4 songs for soprano and piano and one song can include small ensemble of piano or harpsichord, flute or recorder and cello, c.14'00. Suggested Grade Advanced

In the composer's words; "Nursery rhymes and songs for children seem to have gone out of fashion, which makes me sad. As a child much younger than my sisters, I spent a great deal of time observing my pets and other creatures living in our garden, and I was intrigued by stories and songs about them. Or about fairies and other legendary creatures, especially “The Green-Eyed Dragon”, sung by international baritone, John Charles Thomas with all the gusto and imagination that made my eyes pop every time I heard it!

1 My Dog, c. 2'38;
2 The Littlest Dragon, c. 2'39;
3 The Cat. c.3'58;
4 Flutter by my Butterfly, 3'34.

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Razzcat by Ann Carr-boyd


Solo harpsichord, c.3'30.
Composed 1972
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Suite for Véronique by Ann Carr-boyd

Score and parts

Harpsichord, c.9'30.  Composed 1982
A suite of five pieces with hints of Baroque, ragtime, jazz and blues
1   Prelude  [c.3:15]
2   A Little Rag  [c.3:55]
3   Ritornello I – Folk song “Esa noche”  [c.0:35]
4   Slow Step  [c.2:55]
5   Ritornello II – Folk song “Esa noche”  [c.0:45]

Part of the recent collection of 38 pieces for "Flying West" - and all recorded by Thoroughbass on a double CD available online Wirr 066
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1   Prelude  - audio
2   A Little Rag  - audio
3   Ritornello I – Folk song “Esa noche”  - audio
4   Slow Step  - audio
5   Ritornello II – Folk song “Esa noche”  - audio

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Tilting at Windmills by May Howlett

two scores

Two harpsichords, c.6:45, Advanced Grade
A little musical study on the concept of duality as perceived by Cervantes in his tale of the heroic, self-styled Knight-Errant, Don Quixote, and his ‘squire’, Sancho Panza.
The interplay between the Don’s majestic chords and the squire’s erratic scale passages referencing modal or folk motifs, form the fabric of their actual and imagined adventures
Composed 2016
Recorded by Diana Weston and Michael Taslka on Lady Huang's Album (Wirr 087), available online
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