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In this volume there are many previously unpublished works as well as those composed quite early in her life when she would have been able to perform the works herself.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

Download audio samples or listen to most pieces on YouTube

      (Works not available on YouTube have been recorded on CDs of Reverie, Sea Impressions, Nostalgia, and Forest Magic, available online)

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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      In this volume there are many previously unpublished works as well as those composed quite early in her life when she would have been able to perform the works herself. On the unpublished works there is rarely a composition date and the date on the published works is presumably attached to publication and not composition. The unpublished works were found within the archives of the Hill Family Papers at the State Library of NSW.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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      Listen to audio samples and/or links to YouTube for each piece

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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

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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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                                                    Composers' Series, The - Volume 3 Piano Solos (Parker)

                                                    By Kitty Parker

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                                                    Katharine "Kitty" Parker

                                                    7 piano solos composed between 1925 and 1936).

                                                    The compositions for piano number only seven works. There are the Four Musical SketchesA Patchwork of Shadows, Down Longford Way, The Red Admiral and One Summer Day, of which Down Longford Way has been the most successful; A Water Colour and Nocturne, published in 1925;[ and the Arc-en-Ciel, otherwise known as a ballet waltz for piano.  Arc-en-ciel would lend itself very well to being orchestrated, as it is a work with dense harmony and several waltz sections, while Nocturne and A Water Colour are exquisite examples of piano writing of the 1920s. Nocturne is similar in style to that of John Field or Fauré and explores the timbre and colour of the piano wonderfully.

                                                    The piano works are absolutely exquisite to play. All use chromatic, late romantic harmony and are technically and musically demanding. They are delightful sketches which create visual images of the titles and can be used to develop sensitivity and tonal awareness.

                                                    This volume  contains biographical notes about the composer, editorial and performance notes about each piano composition, the scores and recordings.
                                                    Included is a recording by Jeanell Carrigan of all works in the hard copy volume.

                                                    Researched and edited by Jeanell Carrigan

                                                    Volume 3 - Kitty Parker

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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 4 Piano Solos (Bourne)

                                                    By Una Bournne

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                                                    Una Bourne

                                                    23 piano solos from 1897 (aged 5 years) to 1927 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.

                                                    Una Bourne’s compositions are almost entirely for piano. Most of the works were published but there are several unpublished works held in archives by the State Library of Victoria. These include compositions transcribed by her elder sister Margaret, suggested by Una Bourne when she was five years old and are six small airs, all in C major, which appear, despite the different time signatures, like variations on each other. The six Airs appear in this publication exactly as transcribed by Margaret Bourne with no editing or dynamics added by this editor. Other works in the archives are also three songs: The War March (Fight for our Motherland); Anxiety to which she wrote both words and music and A Cloudless Night (song) words and music by Una Bourne (1922).

                                                    Unpublished piano solos also found in the archives include three more difficult works:
                                                    Valse Lente (unpublished)
                                                    Menuet (unpublished)
                                                    Papillons (unpublished)

                                                    Researched and edited by Jeanell Carrigan

                                                    Volume 4: Una Bourne

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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 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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