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A Musical Missionary: The Life and Music of Dulcie Holland

By Rita Crews and Jeanell Carrigan

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Biography of Dulcie Holland co-authored by Rita Crews OAM and Jeanell Carrigan AM

This wonderful Australian woman composer deserved to have her life and music celebrated much earlier, not twenty years after her death. But now it is been written by two musicians: one who knew Holland and had the opportunity to discuss her music with her; and one who has come to know Dulcie Holland from playing many of her remarkable compositions. Fortunately, there are detailed interviews available, giving a very good insight into Holland’s thought processes and providing an absolute wealth of information​.

Holland was such a modest woman that she probably would have thought her music - and her life - was not worth writing about. She was always described as having an engaging and outgoing personality. She considered herself to be first a pianist, then a composer and thirdly a teacher, but composed music well into her eighties.
Her compositions, numbering at least 330, included music in all genres except opera, though her musical play Jenolan Adventure, was certainly a work of drama for the stage. Documentary films, chamber music, works for orchestra, instrumental solos, many keyboard works and at least thirty songs are all part of her immense contribution to Australian composition.

She is undoubtedly best known for the numerous musicianship and theory textbooks that she wrote over many years. Even the catalogue listing at the National Library mentions that “Holland’s name became synonymous with music theory in Australia.” Despite the obvious advantages of being the Australian expert on music theory, it has meant that Holland herself and some of her more serious compositions have been overlooked by musical critics.

It is a tragedy that a biography and discussion about Holland’s music has taken until now to be written. She is certainly a composer who deserves to be celebrated. In her own words:

But after many years of writing music, simply because I had the urge to do so, I have reached the strong conclusion that music is greater than the sum of all those who contribute to it, and that instead of adding to the volume of music that has been composed, it would be much more valuable to make new converts for music, to share my enthusiasm for it with those possibly as yet unaware, and to stimulate them to find out more of its mysteries and delights. I have had first-hand opportunities to observe how young people develop, how their tastes may be formed, and their imagination fired, and ultimately how their lives can be enriched by a knowledge and love of music. To encourage others along these lines has become my mission in life, and I dare to hope that my influence for good may continue long after my earthly life ends, thus adding significantly to the quality of life in at least one small part of this world.

Composing is very difficult. It needs a lot of concentration and dedication to get things just right. I feel I’m a missionary in music in a way. [Dulcie Holland. 'Contemporary Music Review', 1994, Vol. 11]

 https://youtu.be/9WpdT2cehzA  Presented by Dr Rita Crews for KCC Music Professional Development

ISBN 9781876829643

Composers' Series, The - Volume 1(a) Piano Solos (de Cairos-Rego)

By Iris de Cairos-Rego

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Iris de Cairos-Rego

There are many composers who lived in the early part of the twentieth century in Australia whose music has been scattered and largely forgotten. Even if their music was published it is long out of print and might be found in several libraries in the original publication or in archives but is often very difficult to trace and is almost never available from one source.

In The Composers' Series each volume will contain biographical notes about the composer, editorial and performance notes about each piano composition, the scores and recordings. While its aims are to present a comprehensive portrait of the composer and their piano music this will sometimes be impossible as some scores have certainly been lost forever and only a mention can be made of those works.

More comprehensive biographical notes are within the volume.

22 piano solos from 1924 to 1957 are represented in this collection and includes  a recording by Jeanell Carrigan of all works.

Researched and edited by Jeanell Carrigan

Volume I(a) - Iris de Cairos-Rego:

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As part of 'The Composer's Series' many of these works have been recorded by Jeanell Carrigan on a CD Reverie (Wirr 106) available here

Composers' Series, The - Volume 1(b) Piano Duets (de Cairos-Rego)

By Iris De Cairos-Rego

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Iris de Cairos-Rego

Piano Duets Bushland Sketches (composed 1938):

  • Picnic, c.1'30
  • The Koala's Story, c.1'00
  • Kookaburra, c.2'30
  • Twilight, c.2'00
  • Vesper Hymn, c.3'00

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Researched and edited by Jeanell Carrigan

Volume I(b) - Iris de Cairos-Rego


ISMN 9790720214542
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Composers' Series, The - Volume 1(c) Chamber Music (de Cairos-Rego)

By Iris De Cairos-Rego

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Iris de Cairos-Rego

String Trio for violins and cello.  Composed 1912-1959

These chamber works have now been recorded  and are the only known recordings of any of the works. The CD is included with the hard copy purchase.

Violin 1: Goetz Richter
Violin 2: (for both quartets only) Li Gu
Cello: Minah Choe
Piano: Jeanell Carrigan

  • Folk Dance, c.2'00 audio
  • The Old Stone Bridge, c.2'25 audio
  • Trio in A Minor, c.26'00
    (i) Andante Moderato audio
    (ii) Allegretto Moderato audio
    (iii) Andante Tranquillo audio
    (iv)  Allegro audio

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    Researched, edited and recorded by Jeanell Carrigan

    Volume I(c) - Iris de Cairos-Rego

    ISMN 9790720214719
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    Composers' Series, The - Volume 10(a) Piano Solos (Hill)

    By Mirrie Hill

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    Mirrie Hill (1889-1986)

    27 piano solos, composed between  1909 and 1973.  The hard copy volume includes a CD of these works.

    Mirrie Hill contributed greatly to Australian music as a pianist, composer, teacher, and examiner. In her 76 years as a composer Mirrie wrote approximately 554 compositions many of which were published. 

    In her immense output of piano music there are several works that stand out as providing a good indication of her style. Although the title ‘miniaturist’ is seen by some as derogatory it is one often applied to Robert Schumann as well as many other notable composers. It can be argued that Schumann’s best and most successful works are those short movements in his larger collections of piano works.

    In this volume there are many previously unpublished works as well as those composed quite early in her life when she would have been able to perform the works herself.

    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 10:  Mirrie Hill

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        Composers' Series, The - Volume 10(b) Intermediate (Hill)

        By Mirrie Hill

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         Mirrie Hill (1889-1986)

        26 piano solos for intermediate level, composed between 1909 and 1973.  The hard copy volume includes a CD of these works.

        Mirrie Hill contributed greatly to Australian music as a pianist, composer, teacher, and examiner. In her 76 years as a composer Mirrie wrote approximately 554 compositions many of which were published. 

        In this volume there are many previously unpublished works as well as those composed quite early in her life when she would have been able to perform the works herself. On the unpublished works there is rarely a composition date and the date on the published works is presumably attached to publication and not composition. The unpublished works were found within the archives of the Hill Family Papers at the State Library of NSW. The works range in standard between an approximate fourth grade to an approximate seventh grade level.


        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 10:  Mirrie Hill

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            ISMN 9790720231952
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            Composers' Series, The - Volume 10(c) Elementary (Hill)

            By Mirrie Hill

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             Mirrie Hill (1889-1986)

            45 piano solos for elementary level, composed between 1945 and 1973. 

            Mirrie Hill contributed greatly to Australian music as a pianist, composer, teacher, and examiner. In her 76 years as a composer Mirrie wrote approximately 554 compositions many of which were published. 

            Mirrie Hill’s undeniable specialty was in writing pedagogical works for children which were both educative and enjoyable to play. She always captured the imagery of the title extremely well in the material she used. This is especially relevant in the shorter and very simple works but also in those more difficult compositions for higher grades. In this volume there are many previously unpublished works as well as those composed quite early in her life when she would have been able to perform the works herself. On the unpublished works there is rarely a composition date and the date on the published works is presumably attached to publication and not composition.

            More comprehensive biographical notes are within the volume.

            Researched and edited by Jeanell Carrigan

            Volume 10:  Mirrie Hill

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              • The Goblin’s Dance
              • Green Grasshopper (1958)
              • Dancing Slippers (1948)
              • A Moonlight Dance (1953)
              • Bell-Birds (1952)
              • Jolly Jack Tar (1945)
              • Sea Magic (Seven pieces for Piano)
              •     March of the Blue Crabs
              •     On the Beach
              •     Dancing Sun
              •     The One Who Makes that Creepy Sound
              •     The Lap of the Little Waves
              •     Shell Folk
              •     Old Man Surf
              • Three Highland Tunes
              •     The Merry Making
              •     The North Hunt Dance
              •     Laddie With the Jet-Black Hair
              • Engines (also called Machinery)
              • Dancing (On a Pentatonic Scale)
              • Fun on a Scale
              • The Dream Time
              • Honeybees
              • Hurry-Skurry
              • Men on the Moon
              • Minuet
              • Sad Little Ant
              • I Like Dancing
              • Happy Swaggie (1948)
              • Mister ‘Roo (1948)
              • The Jacobite War Song
              • Jolly Jig
              • My Pet Lost
              • Leaping Frogs
              • Dance of the Cunning Mouse (1973)
              • Willie Wagtail (1952)
              • March of a Robot (1973)
              • Happy Time
              • Sunday Eve
              • Trains Come and Go
              • Happily, Flows the Creek
              • Quarrel of the Two Hands
              • To Beauty in a Leaf
              • Here Comes a Sailor
              • Waltzing Matilda (1950) Marie Cowan arr. Mirrie Hill
              • Bonny Ho! (1973)
              • Blue-Tongue Lizard (1952)

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                      Composers' Series, The - Volume 10(d) Beginners (Hill)

                      By Mirrie Hill

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                      Mirrie Hill (1889-1986)

                      58 piano solos for beginner level, composed between 1919 and 1978 

                      Mirrie Hill contributed greatly to Australian music as a pianist, composer, teacher, and examiner. In her 76 years as a composer Mirrie wrote approximately 554 compositions many of which were published. 

                      Mirrie Hill’s undeniable specialty was in writing pedagogical works for children which were both educative and enjoyable to play. She always captured the imagery of the title extremely well in the material she used. This is especially relevant in the shorter and very simple works but also in those more difficult compositions for higher grades. In this volume there are many previously unpublished works as well as those composed quite early in her life when she would have been able to perform the works herself. On the unpublished works there is rarely a composition date and the date on the published works is presumably attached to publication and not composition.

                      More comprehensive biographical notes are within the volume.

                      Researched and edited by Jeanell Carrigan

                      Volume 10:  Mirrie Hill

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                      • Six Pianoforte Pieces for Little Children (Mirrie Solomon) (1919)
                      •     After School
                      •     Little Waltz
                      •     Rain Drops
                      •     Grief and Hope
                      •     In the Time of a Minuet
                      •     The Soldiers March Along
                      • Child fancies 1 (1935)
                      •     Waltz
                      •     Gavotte
                      •     Raindrops
                      •     The Sad Doll
                      •     The Rippling Waters
                      •     Flowers in the Breeze
                      •     The Fairies Minuet
                      •     The Big Black Spider
                      •     March of the Toy Soldiers
                      • All in a Day: seven easy solos (1950)
                      •     Good Morning
                      •     The Swing
                      •     When I Wander
                      •     Dancing Feet
                      •     Come Riding
                      •     Daddy Long-Legs Takes a Walk
                      •     Good Night
                      • Come into My Garden (1955)
                      •     Nodding Grasses
                      •     Pansy Faces
                      •     My Climbing Bean
                      •     The Goldfish Pond
                      •     Midnight Prowls
                      • Advertisements: a series of four tuneful pieces for young pianists (1959)
                      •     Red Eagle
                      •     He Scampers Away
                      •     Little White Pony
                      •     Sailing around Australia
                      • Round About (Six Easy solos) (1965)
                      •     The Clock
                      •     Little Black Ant
                      •     Cracker Night
                      •     Mr. Bandicoot
                      •     A Maori Tune
                      •     Moreton Bay
                      • Fun in the Sun and three other pieces (1971)
                      •     Fun in the Sun
                      •     The Worm that Wriggled.
                      •     Possum Scampers
                      •     Dancing on the Sand
                      • Jolly wallaby and three other pieces
                      •     Jolly Wallaby
                      •     Bush Sunset
                      •     The Trees are Dreaming
                      •     The Owl that Blinked (1971)
                      • Merry Romp (1973) 77
                      • The Two Frogs (1973) 78
                      • Up and Down (1973) 80
                      • Saturday (1973) 82
                      • Child fancies 2 (1978)
                      •     Mia-ow (That is my cat’s name)
                      •     Here comes a Sailor
                      •     Puppy, in Search of a Home
                      •     The Jolly Companions
                      •     Dream–Time Song
                      •     That Nippy Crab
                      •     Two Voices Sing
                      •     Jumpity Creatures
                      •     Chords and Bells

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                                    Composers' Series, The - Volume 10(e) Piano Duets (Hill)

                                    By Mirrie Hill

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                                    Mirrie Hill (1889-1986)

                                    9 piano duets - preliminary to second grade level.

                                    Mirrie Hill contributed greatly to Australian music as a pianist, composer, teacher, and examiner. In her 76 years as a composer Mirrie wrote approximately 554 compositions many of which were published. 

                                    Mirrie Hill’s undeniable specialty was in writing pedagogical works for children which were both educative and enjoyable to play. She always captured the imagery of the title extremely well in the material she used. This is especially relevant in the shorter and very simple works but also in those more difficult compositions for higher grades. In this volume there are many previously unpublished works as well as those composed quite early in her life when she would have been able to perform the works herself. On the unpublished works there is rarely a composition date and the date on the published works is presumably attached to publication and not composition.

                                    In the volume most are arrangements of folk tunes or popular melodies.  Summer Shower seems to be the only original composition. The duets had all been previously published and there is only the publication date, not the arrangement or composition date available.

                                    More comprehensive biographical notes are within the volume.

                                    Researched and edited by Jeanell Carrigan

                                    Volume 10:  Mirrie Hill

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                                    • Fantasy on “Botany Bay”
                                    • The British Grenadiers
                                    • Lullaby (Brahms)
                                    • Nowell
                                    • Ye Banks and Braes
                                    • Pipe Reel
                                    • Three Nice Mice
                                    • Summer Shower
                                    • All Through the Night

                                                      ISMN 9790720231983
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                                                      Composers' Series, The - Volume 2(a) Piano Solos (Hesse)

                                                      By Marjorie Hesse

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                                                      Marjorie Hessie

                                                      13 piano solos from 1932 to 1966 are represented in this collection and includes  biographical notes about the composer, editorial and performance notes about each piano composition, the scores and a recording by Jeanell Carrigan of all works in the hard copy.

                                                      Hesse’s compositional output almost completely consists of piano compositions which are mostly pedagogical works written for juveniles. Many of these were utilised by the AMEB and were almost all published.Original publishers included Augener, Allans, Leeds, Palings and Nicholson’s. Hesse being an experienced teacher knew which elements to exploit in her compositions to instruct students in the best technical methods.

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

                                                      Researched and edited by Jeanell Carrigan

                                                      Volume 2(a): Marjorie Hesse

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                                                      As part of 'The Composer's Series' many of these works have been recorded by Jeanell Carrigan on a CD Reverie (Wirr 106) available here

                                                      Composers' Series, The - Volume 2(b) Educational Piano Works (Hesse)

                                                      By Marjorie Hesse

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                                                      Marjorie Hessie

                                                      41 pieces for solo piano  are represented in this collection and includes  biographical notes about the composer, editorial and performance notes about each piano composition and the scores.

                                                      Marjorie Hesse was a performer, but like many performers earned the bulk of her income from teaching, and later examining, piano students. The bulk of her compositions are for students – mainly those she taught herself - and those works are dedicated to individuals by name. She wrote for students of different levels of attainment and her works all had a pedagogical focus. The focus was sometimes a technical one but often was aimed at increasing musical or tonal awareness. The works in this volume have been ordered by difficulty level beginning with the very basic works for piano.

                                                      Researched and edited by Jeanell Carrigan

                                                      Volume 2(b): Marjorie Hesse

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                                                      Composers' Series, The - Volume 2(c) Piano Duets (Hesse)

                                                      By Marjorie Hesse

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                                                      Marjorie Hessie

                                                      5 pieces for piano duets are represented in this collection and includes  biographical notes about the composer, editorial and performance notes about each piano composition and the scores

                                                      Researched and edited by Jeanell Carrigan

                                                      Volume 2(a): Marjorie Hesse

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                                                      ISMN 9790720226699
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