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Composers' Series, The - Volume 5 Piano Solos (Kahn)

By Esther Kahn

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Esther Kahn

23 piano solos from 1894 to 1949 are represented in this collection and includes  biographical notes about the composer, editorial and performance notes about each work, the scores and a recording by Jeanell Carrigan of all works in the hard copy.

As one of he first music therapists in Australia, Esther Kahn’s music was very successful in the treatment of her patients and as music therapy was fundamentally important to her as a composer it is possible to understand why her compositions have been written in the style in which they exist. The piano works are very formally structured – mostly in a basic ternary form with some of the waltzes in rondo form. They stay within a tonal structure of tonic and dominant keys with the contrasting sections almost always in a dominant or relative major/minor key. The phrases are always of a symmetrical length – either two, four or eight bar structures. As Esther’s pieces were written to be played by a pianist of her, or her students’ technical standard, they are of a medium to challenging level of difficulty without pandering to pedagogical compromises.

Level of difficulty - intermediate to advanced


Researched, edited and recorded by Jeanell Carrigan

Volume 5: Esther Kahn

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Composers' Series, The - Volume 6 Piano Solos (Rofe)

By Esther Rofe

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Esther Rofe (1904 - 2000)

14 piano solos composed between 1927-1938

By all accounts Esther Rofe was a “character,” a “battler”. A prodigiously talented child she showed determination and resolve in all that she undertook. Rofe considered herself a narrative composer. She was inspired by the fact that her father had about two thousand books and she always was an avid reader.
like many of her contemporaries Rofe studied composition and orchestration with Fritz Hart and A. E. Floyd. She had started writing music at about age seven, her first composition was written about a storm, though there was not much opportunity to study composition in Melbourne at that time for a child. Her teacher, Harold Smith, helped her with harmony and counterpoint and her mentor Alberto Zelman gave invaluable advice about orchestration and arranging. From approximately aged nineteen Rofe took private theory lessons from Dr A. E. Floyd organist and choirmaster at St Paul's Cathedral. When she was fourteen Rofe joined the second violins of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under direction of Alberto Zelman.
Rofe had the opportunity to play with some great artists of her time as a member of the violin section, including Una Bourne, Dame Nellie Melba and Mischa Elman.

Level of difficulty:  mostly intermediate grades

More comprehensive biographical notes are within the volume which also includes a CD of all the works.

Researched, edited and recorded by Jeanell Carrigan

Volume 6: Esther Rofe

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Composers' Series, The - Volume 7 Piano Solos (Phillips)

By Linda Phillips

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Linda Phillips (1899 - 2002)

19 piano solos composed, mostly previously unpublished.

The piano music of Linda Phillips reflects her character. It is energetic, encouraging for the performer and full of charisma, with clear and strong melodic lines. Many works reflect her cultural heritage and, though mostly composed diatonically, exploit Hebrew scales and Middle Eastern flavours.
Linda Phillips describes herself as moderately modern and similar to Samuel Barber in that it has a "between the wars lyricism".

Level of difficulty:  advanced grades


More comprehensive biographical notes are within the volume which also includes a CD of all the works.

Researched, edited and recorded by Jeanell Carrigan

Volume 7: Linda Phillips

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Composers' Series, The - Volume 8(a) Piano Solos (Hutchens)

By Frank Hutchens

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Frank Hutchens (1892-1965)

14 piano solos for advanced students, composed between early 1930s and 1960s.  The volume includes a CD of these works.

Hutchens was an extraordinary teacher, who taught at the NSW Conservatorium for almost 50 years and his writing for the piano is always pianistic. These compositions for piano are quite extraordinary in that despite being based on very natural hand positions, and therefore very comfortable to play, they give the impression of being challenging works. This is the case even for the simpler pieces. His musical language could be described as impressionistic, occasionally late romantic, and he uses compositional elements found normally in the music of Impressionistic compositions: unsymmetrical phrases, whole tone scales, unresolved dissonances, and the harmony, while basically tonal explores chromaticism.

This volume of piano solos is unique as until now there has been no collection of his works. Despite having written over fifty piano compositions they had been published as single items and no compilation had existed. This volume includes the more difficult and challenging works. Volume 8 (b) is designed to present works of approximately fifth to eight grade standard and Volume 8 (c) has elementary to grade five pieces.

More comprehensive biographical notes are within the volume which also includes a CD of all the works.

  • Weeping Mist
  • Gavotte Brillante
  • Ballade
  • Vienna Interlude
  • Fairy Ships"The Voyage
  • Sea Music
  • The Surfer
  • Sea Fantasy
  • Waltz
  • Prelude
  • Toccata
  • Serenade
  • Lullaby on a Hidden Theme

Researched, edited and recorded by Jeanell Carrigan

Volume 8: Frank Hutchens

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Composers' Series, The - Volume 8(b) Piano Solos (Hutchens)

By Frank Hutchens

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Frank Hutchens (1892-1965)

17 piano solos for intermediate level (grades 5 to 8) , composed between early 1930s and 1950s. 

This volume of piano solos is unique as until now there has been no collection of his works. Despite having written over fifty piano compositions they had been published as single items and no compilation had existed. In this volume Forest Magic, and the suite Dance of the Hours which has five short movements have not been previously published. The other pieces are those better-known works by Hutchens and are suitable for an approximate grade level of fifth to eighth grade. Indeed, many have been on the AMEB syllabus for those grades for many years.

More comprehensive biographical notes are within the volume which also includes a CD of all the works.

  • Dance of the Hours
  • 1  The Hours of the Daybreak
  • 2  Dance of the Hours of the Day
  • 3  Enter the Hours of the Evening
  • 4  Enter the Hours of the Night
  • 5  Finale
  • At the Bathing Pool
  • Prelude Romantique
  • By the River
  • Evening
  • In a Boat
  • Gnomes
  • Prelude in B major
  • Forest Magic
  • Two Little Birds
  • The Island
  • Minuet
  • The Enchanted Isle

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Volume 8: Frank Hutchens

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Composers' Series, The - Volume 8(c) Piano Solos (Hutchens)

By Frank Hutchens

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Frank Hutchens (1892-1965)

37 piano solos for elementary level (preliminary to 5), composed between early 1930s and 1950s.  

All the works in this volume are suitable for the grades preliminary to approximately grade five standard. They exploit different pedagogical aspects of piano playing including a variety of articulations, dynamics, and pedalling. In most cases pedalling is specified and if possible, in terms of the development the student, should be used.

It is surprising how many of Hutchens’ works for piano are in a major key – predominantly G or D Major. As he was an extraordinary teacher, who taught at the NSW Conservatorium for almost 50 years - being one of the founders and first piano teachers, his music written for young and developing pianists is excellent pedagogical material. His language can be described as impressionistic rather than late romantic. He uses unsymmetrical phrases and the harmony, while basically tonal, explores chromaticism. He exploits both technical and musical aspects in terms of developing skills.

More comprehensive biographical notes are within the volume which also includes a CD of all the works.

Researched and edited by Jeanell Carrigan

Volume 8: Frank Hutchens

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Composing Against the Tide

By Jeanell Carrigan

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Early twentieth century Australian women composers and their piano music.

There were a relatively large number of women born in Australia between 1860 and 1915 who became composers of piano music. For many of them this was not an easy task. They did not always receive encouragement. Certainly many could not earn a living at this creative work and they battled not only the gender inequality that still largely exists today but also against musical fashion and trends that their works did not always reflect, as well as the backlash which came from being born into a ‘colonial’ country.  This is their story.

Australian Heritage Collection - the piano works of these women have been published in three volumes as researched and edited by Jeanell. Each volume contains a CD of the works within. 

A CD Nostalgia has been released with many of these works recorded by Jeanell.  It was featured as ABC Classic FM "CD of the week", November 2016. 

All piano works available online - Australian Heritage Collection Volumes I, II, III


ISBN 9781876829421

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra for Two Pianos

By Meta Overman

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Three movements for two pianos arranged from the orchestral version, c.25'00

In 1942 Overman wrote the piano concerto which was performed at the time by the Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestra and Marinus Flipse as piano soloist. Unfortunately, due to the war and the occupation of Rotterdam by the Nazis the orchestral parts, including the piano part, were lost and all that has been available since was a handwritten full score that had been retained in the Overman archives in the Music Library at UWA.
The work is in three movements and is written at times like a duet in that the piano is one instrument and the orchestra, as a whole, is the other and the two alternate with the main melodic and harmonic motives.  

The manuscripts have been researched and edited by Jeanell Carrigan, 2020. The work has been recorded by Jeanell Carrigan and Tonya Lemoh and a CD is included with the two scores.

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Concerto per Pianoforte e Orchestra

By Meta Overman

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Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in three movements, c.25'00

In 1942 Overman wrote the piano concerto which was performed at the time by the Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestra and Marinus Flipse as piano soloist. Unfortunately, due to the war and the occupation of Rotterdam by the Nazis the orchestral parts, including the piano part, were lost and all that has been available since was a handwritten full score that had been retained in the Overman archives in the Music Library at UWA.
The work is in three movements and is written at times like a duet in that the piano is one instrument and the orchestra, as a whole, is the other and the two alternate with the main melodic and harmonic motives.  

The manuscripts have been researched and edited by Jeanell Carrigan, 2020.

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Fantasy Trio

By Dulcie Holland

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For violin, cello and piano , c.17'00

It is a work in one movement. Within the movement there is a mixture of a standard sonata-allegro form and three distinct movements characterized by different tempi.

The trio is very late romantic in style with occasional glimpses of harmony which could have been used by one of the impressionist composers such as Ravel, Fauré or Debussy. Considering it is such an early work it shows wonderful maturity and great promise for the compositions which would follow.

 Composed 1938

The volume includes a CD performed by Goetz Richter (violin), Minah Choe (cello)  and Jeanell Carrigan (piano).  Fantasy Trio is also recorded on In Tribute (Wirr 105) available online

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Festival Flourish

By Dulcie Holland

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For orchestra , c.4'30

It has a little theme which as Holland described came from the rhythm of the words, “Northside Arts Festival, so that it is meant to be characteristic of a festival.

Described as attractive, optimistic, bright and bustling it opens with continuous quavers in the woodwinds and, unusually, the theme played by violas and cellos.

The work is mostly in compound time alternating between 6/8 and 2/4 when the rhythmical motive is presented.

Composed 1965

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Grotesque - CD

By Meta Overman

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An Operina and other chamber music by Meta Overman.

The Music of Meta Overman is innovative, individual, sometimes humorous, expressing amazing creativity and powered by strong visual imagery. The desire to express imagery in sound was obvious from an early age when the young Meta would place picture books on the piano and attempt to play what she could see. Her musical language transforms images into musical concepts and sounds and this intention is evident in all her compositions.

Grotesque is a tragic comedy with quite an absurd plot involving an old man – the character played by the clarinettist, a young girl, sung by the soprano and a ghost whose antics are created by the sounds of the piano. Its structure is theme and variations as in the original version for piano four hands and the plot is described by a narrator. It is a little questionable whether in a performance that is staged the narrator is really necessary. In fact there is no mention of a narrator on the original score though when recording the work a narrator could be deemed necessary to outline the antics of the characters who cannot be seen. In a staged version the characters create the images and the “narration” on the score can be viewed as merely stage directions. The dancer would therefore act out the antics of the ghost and the instrumentalists would become the characters described by the stage directions.  

Goetz Richter AM narrator; Narelle Yeo soprano; Charlotte Fetherston viola; Susan Newsome clarinet; Tonya Lemoh piano; Jeanell Carrigan piano

Scores are available online.
Wirr 098

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[1] Grotesque - An Operina in one act.
[2-4] Sonata for Viola and Piano
   Maestoso non troppo lento
   Monto tranquillo
   Allegro assai
[5-6] Two Pieces for Two Pianos
   De Kade (The Quay)
   De Stenen Leeuw (The Stone Lion)
[7-11] Galgenlieder (Gallow Songs) - poetry by Christian Morgenstern
   Das Gebet (The Prayer)
   Der Schaukelstuhl (The Rocking Stool)

   Der Tanz (The Dance)
   Der Seufzer (The Sigh)
   Galgenberg (Gallow Hill)
[12-14] Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
   Allegro con moto
   Lento intensive
   Theme and Variations - Allegro
[15-17] Island Songs - words by John Joseph Jones
   Deep, Deep Blue Water
   Farewell
   Lullaby
[18] Berceuse for two pianos
[19] Pegasus' Dance for two pianos