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By Patrick Thomas

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One Poet's Odyssey
When one thinks about things in Australia today, it’s plain that in many ways we are well off compared to some other nations, and have right to feel blessed. After all, we have relatively stable governments; banking, commercial and financial systems that work; judicial and educational ones too. There are internal political flaws, of course, but mostly things are managed pretty well, though the Australian “she’ll be right mate” and often lack-lustre attitude must, at times, lessen our country’s reputation and international competitiveness. ....now, one’s memories of lost things and personalities from yesteryear recalled between the following covers. Bring it back, please!
I hope you enjoy sharing some of those recollections with me. Patrick Thomas, August 2017
Foreword by Larry Sitsky AO

Sadly, this was to be Patrick's last book of prose. Patrick passed away in August 2017.

ISBN 9781876829 50 6

Australians Invading Turkey

By Christina Whiteley

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Music for piano was composed in 1915 by Joseph Bernard commemorating Gallipoli 1915.  Historical and pictorial introduction, and performance notes by Christina Whiteley. This 30 page book is a unique document as it presents a form of home entertainment from years long gone, and as such, may be considered an historical document as a reminder of Australians participation in World War I.

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ISMN 9790720146317

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Behind the Scenes and A Visit to Russia

By Patrick Thomas

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Unashamedly anecdotal material which includes career experiences, stories of people who were of influence, backstage dramas, the perils of travel and a range of incidents which occurred along the way for the author.  An interesting and at times, hilarious read!

ISBN 978 1 876829 25 4

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

Concise History of Music in Europe, A

By Lorna Menzies-wall

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An enjoyable account of the story of the progress of the growth of Western music, humbly expressed, for the use of advanced students and young teachers. It is hoped that it may be an inspiration for further detailed study.
An excellent resource book, it is comprehensive, accessible, appealing, written in a humorous style making it delightful and knowledgeable reading. Copyright 2015.

ISBN9781876829346

Dialogues - Narratives on the oneness of being

By Phillip Wilcher

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To quote the writer: I  present myself as a writer, who has composed words suggestive of music, their texture and rhythm being as much a measure of each as the initial shadows of thought that inspired them

Once more in the back of Phillip's mind when working on this project is Thomas Kelly and the magnificent organisation (The Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation) that has evolved  as a consequence of Thomas' untimely and tragic death.  To quote Phillip again, charity - when exercised with clarity - never fails; that the practice of such charity - the voluntary giving to those in need that sees our humanity at its best - reflects the beauty of divine  beneficence

 ISBN 9781876829377 

Divinity - A dialogue between the self and music at the source

By Phillip Wilcher

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A profound reflection on the composer's relationship with his art.  The writer quotes: Since the very first day, when at 14 years of age I put pen to paper and began to notate music, I understood well that the greater lesson to be learned had little to do with the laws of harmony and counterpoint, nor even the virtues of discipline whereby the waywardness of random sounds could be made more civil. In the face of whatever higher force it was at work that afforded me the gift of self-realisation through sound, I knew well that however successful I might become (if at all) as a "composer", the abilities entrusted me for the caring and the sharing were so granted on the provision that I learn to overcome pride in order to find my place, and the greater the gift the more glory there would be to leave behind.

 ISBN 9781876829391

Dogs, Cats, Feathered Friends - and a Possum!

By Patrick Thomas

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Another collection of delightful and humourous verse by Patrick Thomas. Among some of his personal favourites have been dogs and birds - owls in various forms being of particular interest!  Yet other fauna, domestic and wild, have provided wonder and amazement when viewed in their natural habitat, in Game Parks, Zoos, Documentaries and the like. 
Many of the sketches were prompted by birds and animals that added greatly to his quality of life. Hopefully, some will resonate with readers and rekindle a few of their own memories and experiences.  

 ISBN 978 1 876829 31 5

Forms and Possibilities

By Jonathan Little

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Selected Verse (1983-2003) with an essay on Melancholia "The Muse of Bile".  An appreciation and a defence of the artist's temperament (1999). Includes 16 modern sonnets using antique forms - abounding in rhyme and rhythm.

ISBN 9781876829230

Introduction to the Cor Anglais and Oboe, An

By Rachel Tolmie

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Comprehensive guide to the cor anglais and oboe and and extensive repertoire list and valuable program notes.

Welcome to the wonderful world of musical wind instruments! The cor anglais and oboe belong to the class of wind instrument called the double reed. The bassoon and contra-bassoon are the other members of the double-reed family. The purpose of this book is to give you access to the cor anglais and oboe; how to play them, what to play on them and the techniques that will help you play them well.

It is also a vital guide for the music lover as it will inform you as to the repertoire of these instruments and will help promote your listening pleasure. Very little is written about the cor anglais so this book seeks to promote it along with the oboe, both often heard but rarely recognised.

Hard copy includes a CD of cor anglais works performed by Rachel Tolmie. 
Also available online is Rachel's CD - Simply, Cor Anglais (Wirr007)

ISBN1876829 12 5

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Kaleidoscope

By Patrick Thomas

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Apart from the humour experienced in daily living, there are lots of things in life that, though seemingly innocuous or inconsequential at the time, leave an enduring imprint.  So, whilst Patrick's earlier collections of poetry have revolved almost entirely around his life’s passion, music, this one is different and embraces subjects such as flora, fauna - especially two personal favourites of the author viz., owls and dogs - as well as many other day-to-day topics, both humorous and serious. 
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 ISBN 978 1 876829 24 7

Leipzig Diary, The

By Alfred Hill

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The publication of this diary introduces a new perspective on several aspects of musical and social history. We learn through the eyes and ears of a budding young colonial composer about musical life in Leipzig in a Golden Age of musical history when the city was host to a steady stream of names who are now enshrined as the greatest of the greats from the Romantic era. We are treated to first-hand accounts of Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Bruch, Reinecke, Sarasate, Joachim, Strauss and Sitt, to mention but a few.

Compiled and edited by Donald Maurice.


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