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In Tribute

By Dulcie Holland

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Fantasy for violin and piano upon a theme of Hooper Brewster-Jones, c.8'00

It is a fantasy based on a theme by South Australian composer Hooper Brewster-Jones. The theme being the melody in the middle of the piece played by both the violin and the piano, which accompanies the theme with very lush harmony. The work opens in a very dramatic fashion, fanfare–style, and the influence of Richard Strauss or Richard Wagner is fairly obvious in the use of harmonic progressions and the density of harmony used. Alfred Hill, who would have been Holland’s main mentor in 1932 was a fanatical Wagnerite!  Composed 1932

The volume includes a CD performed by Goetz Richter (violin) and Jeanell Carrigan (piano) and recorded as In Tribute (Wirr 105) available online

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In Tribute - CD

By Jeanell Carrigan

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  Chamber music by Dulcie Holland
  Goetz Richter violin, Minah Choe cello, Jeanell Carrigan piano.

  The works on this recording are mainly examples of early works –
  some even written before Holland had any formal composition instruction. In Tribute was written in 1932 and despite being such an early work shows great maturity. It is fantasy written in tribute to the South Australian-born composer Hooper Brewster-Jones and based on a short melodic theme that he contributed. The work is for violin and piano, each with a part of equal difficulty, in one movement, and it is assumed that the work was written for inclusion in a composition competition. Holland was very fond of entering in such competitions and had great success with many of her songs and some of her chamber works.

This recording is part of a large project involving a book about the Life and Music of Dulcie Holland and a series of published scores. The title of the CD ‘In Tribute’ is of course the name of one of the works included on the recording but has the double meaning that this CD is made as a tribute to Dulcie Holland whose musical legacy deserves to be rediscovered and honoured.

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[1-3]  Sonata for Cello and Piano (1993)
Allegro ritmico
Lento
Allegro
[4] Ballad for clarinet and piano (transcribed for violin and piano by Jeanell Carrigan) (1950, trans. 2020)
[5-8]  Four Aspects (1997)
Grieving
Stress
Hope
Healing
[9]  In Tribute (violin and piano) (1932) A fantasy on a theme by Hooper Brewster-Jones
[10]  An Evening Stroll
[11]  The Lake
[12]  Nocturne for Piano
[13]  Fantasy Trio (1938)

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Kambala Suite, The

By Dulcie Holland

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For String Orchestra, c.16'00

The Kambala Suite was composed while teaching at Kambala School for Girls in the eastern suburbs of Sydney.  The suite, consisting of five movements, was subtitled “Impressions of Kambala – An Old House”.
In a review The Kambala Suite was described as a work “with an intelligent and vital quality which spelt more confidence.”
Composed 1937

  • Parade
  • Dark Tall Pines
  • Interlude
  • The Winding Drive
  • Epilogue

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Nostalgia

By Jeanell Carrigan

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Jeanell Carrigan (piano)

Alfred Hill, the Australian composer is reputed to have said “To me there are only two kinds of music - good or bad. All old music has at one time been modern and all modern music will one day become old so why worry? Time is a great critic that puts them in their place”. 
The piano compositions on this recording have been deliberately chosen because of their beauty, their inherent musicality, the craft and skill of the composers and their appeal to the listener. Not considered in their selection was any decision based on whether the style was the fashion at the time of their composition. All of the composers on this recording are Australian women who were born between 1862 and 1915.
To support this recording, Dr Jeanell Carrigan has researched and compiled three volumes of scores of these and additional piano works, most of which have not previously been published.  These volumes, together with individual CDs, are available online.

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1   A Water Colour (Katherine Parker)
2   The Watermill (Ester Kahn)
3   The Lake (Dulcie Holland)
4   Pastorale (Peggy Glanville Hicks)
5   Country Dance (Iris de Cairos Rego)
6   Prelude No. I (Florence Donaldson Ewart)
7   Prelude No. II (Florence Donaldson Ewart)
8   Prelude No. III (Florence Donaldson Ewart)
9   Prelude (Phyllis Batchelor)
10  Sarabande (Phyllis Batchelor)
11  Dithyramb - a ballet (Margaret Sutherland)
12  Ballerina (Miriam Hyde)
13  Arc-e Ciel (Katherine Parker)
14  The Ballerina (Marjorie Hesse)
15  Gavotte (Mona McBurney
16  Waltz in E (Iris de Cairos Rego)
17  Echo de Vienne (Esther Rofe)
18  Valse Gracieuse (Marjorie Hesse)
19  Marche Grotesque (Una Bourne)
20  Melody in Ab (Mary Bowden)
21  Miniature Variations on a Theme in A minor (Esther Rofe)
22  Ritsel (Meta Overman)
23  Will o'the Wisp (Mirrie Hill)
24  Prelude (Mirrie Hill)
25  Fun (Mirrie Hill)
26  Meditation (Nellie Cuddigan)
27  Nocturne for Piano (Dulcie Holland)
28 Nocturne (Katherine Parker)

Piano Music of Meta Overman, The

By Jeanell Carrigan

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Jeanell Carrigan (piano)
Described as Koningin van de Klankkleur en Fantasie [Queen of tone colour and fantasy], Dutch born composer, Meta Overman (1907-1993) spent most of her adult life in Perth, Western Australia. Her musical output was extensive and captured here on this CD is much of her piano works.  The composer from an early age had the ability to transform pictures into sounds and this is evident in all her compositions.  Jeanell Carrigan spent many months researching her piano works which resulted in four volumes scripted from Overman's manuscripts, and each with their own CD recording, and this stand-alone disc.  The four volumes of scores are available online.
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Sonata 1 (1939) (1-4)
1  Allegro ma non troppo vivo
2   Scherzando
3  Andante con Variatone  
4  Allegro
5  Sonatina (1940)
Three Impressions (6-8)
6  Schutterhof (Court of the Guard) (1941)
7  De Koperen Ko (The Street Jester) (1941)
8  Stad in Opbouw (The Reconstructed City) (1942)
9  Variations on a Baltic Folksong  (1941) 
10 Dance of the Char Woman (1943)
11 Ritsel (Rattle) (1943)
12 De Nar (The Jester) (1946)
Three "Luchtige" (Light Hearted) Dances (1946) (13-15)
13 Visschersmeisje (Fisher Girl)
14 Matrozendans (Sailor's Dance)
15 En Toen ... (And Then...)
Sonata II (1953) (16-18)
16 Allegro, poco maestosco
17 Andante  
18 Allegro giocoso
19 Charivari Variations (1954)
20 Lullaby (1955)
The Nature's Suite (1955) (21-24)
21 Earth - 22 Fire - 23 Water - 24 Air
Three Dances (1955) (25-27)
25 Allegro  - 26 Poco Lento 
27 Vivo e Risoulto

  

Piano Music of Meta Overman, The - Volume I

By Meta Overman

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"The Sonatas" -  the first of four volumes of piano music by this composer.  Each volume includes a recording of the works.  The manuscripts have been researched, edited and performed by Jeanell Carrigan.

Sonata I (1939) in four movements; Sonatina (1940);  Sonata II (1953) in three movements. Suggested level of difficulty - Diploma

CD of 27 of The Piano Music of Meta Overman is available online.

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Sonata 1 (1939)
Sonata II (1953)
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Piano Music of Meta Overman, The - Volume II

By Meta Overman

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"Variations, Impressions and Dances" -  the second of four volumes of piano music by this composer.  Each volume includes a recording of the works.  The manuscripts have been researched, edited and performed by Jeanell Carrigan.

Suggested level of difficulty:  
Impressions and Dances - Diploma; Variations - 8th grade and above.

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Three Impressions

Three Dances (1955)

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Piano Music of Meta Overman, The - Volume III

By Meta Overman

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"Transcriptions and works originally for Orchestra" -  the third of four volumes of piano music by this composer.  Each volume includes a recording of the works.  The manuscripts have been researched, edited and performed by Jeanell Carrigan.

Dance of the Char-Woman (1943); (suggested level of difficulty - Diploma)
Ritsel (Rattle) (1943); (suggested level of difficulty - Diploma)
De Nar (The Jester) (1946); (suggested level of difficulty - Diploma)
The Sea Idylls - Three "Luchtige" Dances (Light Hearted) (1946) in three movements; (suggested level of difficulty - 7th grade)
Lullaby (1955); (suggested level of difficulty - 7th grade)
Nature Suite "The Four Elements" (1955) in four movements. (suggested level of difficulty - 7th grade)

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Three "Luchtige" (Light Hearted) Dances (1946)

The Nature's Suite (1955)

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Piano Music of Meta Overman, The - Volume IV

By Meta Overman

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"Educational pieces and works for children" -  the fourth of four volumes of piano music by this composer.  Each volume includes a recording of the works.  The manuscripts have been researched, edited and performed by Jeanell Carrigan.

Philosophical Futilities (1957) of seven short pieces; (suggested level of difficulty - 5th - 6th grade)
The Tristan Pictures (1986) in six pictorial compositions; (suggested level of difficulty - 1st grade)
The Variations for Tristan  (1988); (suggested level of difficulty - 4th grade)
Sonatina for Tristan (1989). (suggested level of difficulty - 4th grade)

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Psyche - Opera

By Meta Overman

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Opera in three acts, c.105'00
Based on the novel of the same name by Louis Couperus.

Characters:
The King of the Kingdom of the Past and his three daughters: Psyche, Emeralda and Astra
Prince Eros of the Kingdom of the Present
The Chimera
A Satyr
A Hermit

Synopsis:
Act 1: In the Kingdom of the Past the King has three daughters. A prince (Eros) from the Kingdom of the Present arrives with the intention of finding taking a bride from one of the three daughters.

The king presents each daughter to Eros in turn. Emeralda, is only interested in Eros’ potentiality to procure for her a coveted jewel and if he is successful agrees to marry him. The second daughter Astra, speaks only with her harp and Eros is daunted by her talent.

The third daughter, Psyche, is the favourite of the King and very young but Eros falls in love and chooses to marry Psyche. A Chimera, who can see the future, appears and Psyche begs him to reveal what is beyond the horizon but he refuses to tell her. The King dies and Emeralda gleefully takes over the kingdom. Eros and Psyche marry and leave for the Kingdom of the Present.

Act 2: All is well in the Kingdom of the Present. Psyche and Eros are in love and enjoy the benefits of living in peace and harmony. However without Eros knowing it, there is a lascivious Satyr lurking who desires Psyche. Although she tries desperately to keep him at bay the Satyr eventually manages to seduce Psyche. Eros returns and is dismayed to find the flowers and birds colourless and dying and no one able to tell him where Psyche has gone. He eventually realises what Psyche has done and completely in despair, dies. A hermit comes on stage and tells how he has always resisted the temptation that beckoned. When Psyche appears in a panther skin without her wings the hermit firstly chastises her for being a sinner but then relents and tells Psyche how she can redeem herself. She must go back to the castle of the Kingdom of the Past, to Emeralda and beg for mercy.

Act 3: Emeralda and Astra sit in the castle. When Psyche appears Emeralda firstly assumes she must be a beggar bringing jewels to earn Emeralda’s favour. When she realises it is her sister Psyche she is overcome with rage. She sends Psyche off to the underworld to search for the jewel of mystery.

Psyche wanders through the underworld and is first frightened by bats, spiders and sea monsters. A voice calls out Idleness! Idleness! and Psyche suddenly receives the courage she needs to go on. She is led back to the Kingdom of the Past and arrives there with the knowledge that the jewel that Emeralda seeks does not, and never has, existed.

When Psyche brings this news to Emeralda she is so overcome with rage that she lashes out and strangles Psyche. The Chimera returns and brings back Psyche’s wings and binds them on again. He shows Psyche the light which will lead her to the Kingdom of the Future where the King and Eros await her arrival. All is forgiven and Psyche, the King and Eros are reunited.

Emeralda continues to live in bitterness and hate, continuously seeking that which does not exist.

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Parts:
Orchestral: flute, oboe, bassoon, harp, piano, violin I, II, viola, cello, double bass
Vocal: tenor, baritone mezzo-soprano

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Reverie - CD

By Jeanell Carrigan

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   Jeanell Carrigan (piano)
Piano music by Australian Women
Iris de Cairos-Rego, Kitty Parker, Una Bourne, Marjorie Hesse

The painting on the front cover is a work called “Daydream” which was painted in 1895 by Australian artist Jane Sutherland. Jane Sutherland (1853-1928) was part of the Heidelberg school.

Jane Sutherland was also the aunt of Margaret Sutherland who has rightly earned the title “The Matriarch” of Australian composition. It is therefore completely appropriate that the artistry of this wonderful Australian woman painter should grace the recording which highlights the wonderful musical artistry of these four Australian women composers of piano music. Iris de Cairos-Rego, Una Bourne, Kitty Parker and Marjorie Hesse all had a great deal in common. Firstly, they were all born in Australia between 1880 and 1911. Iris de Cairos-Rego was born in Sydney in 1894, Una Bourne in Mudgee in 1882, Kitty Parker in 1886 in Parknook, Cressy, Tasmania and Marjorie Hesse in Brisbane in 1911.

All four women were dubbed as child prodigies due to their prodigious musical talent showing itself very early in life. As well as these factors all the women trained initially as pianists and later worked as teachers to earn the bulk of their living, passing on their incredible musicality and skills to many up and coming musicians. Iris de Cairos-Rego taught for many years at Frensham school in Mittagong, from 1935 until 1951, remaining as part of the school community until her death in 1987. Marjorie Hesse was a long-term member of the piano staff at the NSW Conservatorium of Music. Una Bourne was associated with the University of Melbourne, even providing a scholarship for women pianists and Kitty Parker had many private students.

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[1]   Nocturne (1925) Kitty Parker
[2]  Happy Morning (c.1941) Iris de Cairos-Rego
[3]   All Suddenly the Wind Comes Soft (1932) Marjorie Hesse
[4]   Graneen Vale (1944) Iris de Cairos-Rego  
[5]   Petite Valse-Caprice Una Bourne
   Four Musical Sketches (1928) Kitty Parker
[6]    A Patchwork of Shadows 
[7]    Down Longford Way 
[8]    One Summer’s Day
[9]    Red Admiral  
[10]  Albatross (1933) Iris de Cairos-Rego  
[11]  Papillons Una Bourne          
[12]  Romance (1947) Marjorie Hesse
[13]  Two Impressions no. 1 (c.1927) Una Bourne
[14]  Two Impressions no. 2  (c.1927) Una Bourne 
[15]  La Pastourelle (c.1961) Marjorie Hesse
[16]  English June (1941) Iris de Cairos-Rego 
[17]  Firelight (1933) Iris de Cairos-Rego
[18]  Humoresque (c.1927) Una Bourne 
[19]  Waltz in E (1933) Iris de Cairos-Rego
[20]  Nocturne (c.1926) Una Bourne
[21]  Twilight (1937) Marjorie Hesse  
[22]  Reverie (1957) Iris de Cairos-Rego

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Iris de Carios-Rego
Kitty Parker
Una Bourne
Marjorie Hesse

   

Sonata for Cello and Piano

By Dulcie Holland

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Cello and piano, c.16'00

The sonata is in three movements. Allegro begins with a dramatic piano broken chord while the cellist introduces the theme which is built on a strong rhythmical motive. The piano echoes this theme in octaves. This movement is antiphonal with both instruments alternating between introducing the thematic material and then supplying the answer.

The second movement marked Lento sounds like a plea for help created by repeated two note slurs over a semitone played firstly by the cello and then the piano.

The jolly and light-hearted third movement (Allegro) opens with a cheeky sequence played by the piano which, this time, is echoed by the cello. The character of this movement reflects Holland’s cheery and welcoming manner.

The sonata is technically challenging for both instruments and is a good example of a work for a duo rather than some of Holland’s other works which favour the instrument while the piano is given merely an accompaniment rather than an equal part to play.

Composed 1993

The volume includes a CD performed Minah Choe (cello) and Jeanell Carrigan (piano).  Recorded on In Tribute (Wirr 105) available online

Researched, edited and recorded  by Jeanell Carrigan

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