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A Little Lovely Dream, A

By Hugh Dixon

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25 works composed by Hugh Dixon.Includes works for voice, piano and French horn. Performed by Wendy Dixon (soprano), Lisa Wynn-Allen and Michael Dixon (French horn) and David Miller (piano).
Print music for most of the works are available online.
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1 A Little Lovely Dream 
2  My True Love Hath My Heart 
3  Tiger, Tiger
Five Shakespeare Songs (4-10)
4   Sweet Music's Power 
5  Fairy Song 
6  Fear No More 
7  Titania's Lullaby 
9  Horses on the Camargue 
10  The Blue Wrens and the Butcher-bird 
Nocturnes (11-18)
11  To-night the winds begin to rise 
12  High Tide 
13  To the Moon 
14  Nightingales 
15  Tears 
16  Mad Song 
17  The Mystic's Prayer
18  Daybreak
Songs of Mystic Jade (19-25)
19  Return of Spring 
20  Set Free 
21  Fascination 
22  Tranquil Repose 
23  Despondent 
24  Concentration
 25  Motion

Affirmations and Aspirations

By Mark John Mcencroe

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The composer, Mark John McEncroe, takes inspiration from all genres of musical endeavours. His aim is to create an emotional response to his compositions, as is echoed in the titles of his works.
These superb recordings are performed by The Janacek Phillharmonic Orchestra in Ostrava, in the Czech Republic. Conducted by Anthony Armore with orchestration by Mark J Saliba.

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Sheet album of all pieces are available online.

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Fanfare Suite
Hope and Optimism
Honesty Sincerity and Integrity
Confidence, Exuberance, Open Mindedness
Joy and Positivity
Symphonic Poem
The Passing
Symphonic Poem
A Celebration of the Natural World

Ancient Rivers - CD

By John Martin

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18 solo piano works performed by John Martin.  Includes works by Australian Composers John Terry, Ann Carr-Boyd, John Peterson, Horace Keats as well as, Miriam Hyde, Roy Agnew, Phillip Wilcher and William Lovelock.
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1  Windy Hill  (Roy Agnew)
2  Daybreak (Phillip Wilcher)
3 The Forest Stream (Miriam Hyde)
4  Sea Surge (Roy Agnew)
5 Grasstree Hill (Ann Carr-Boyd)
6  Autumn Winds (William Lovelock)
7  By the Lily-Pond (Horace Keats)
 Ancient Rivers (John Terry)Five Island (John Peterson)
9  Flinders Island
10 Rocky Island 
11 Bass Island 
12 Martin Island
13  Parkyns Island
14  Down the Dim Gorges
 (John Terry)
15  A River Idyll (Miriam Hyde)
16  Summerhaze (Ann Carr-Boyd)
17  Drought-Stricken Grasses (Miriam Hyde)
18 A Summer Breeze (Horace Keats

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Andrew Schultz Piano Music

By Andrew Schultz

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For Andrew Schultz, the music in this collection covers most of his output written for solo piano over an almost thirty year period since 1987. With his amazing virtuosity, the well known Australian born and  international pianist, Antony Gray, demonstrates his expressive control of phrasing and colour which makes this disc a most pleasurable listening experience.

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  Interludes, Op. 100, No. 2
1 A gift of paper
2  Secret meetings
Nocturnes and Variations, Op.96
3   Nocturne - Lento
4   Variations - Sostenuto e misterioso
5   Nocturne - Liquido (quasi senza misura)
Prelude and Postscript, Op. 100, No. 1
6   Prelude
7   Postscript
Four Inventions, Op. 74a
8   Paradise Bar Prelude
9   Toccata (in two parts)
10  Little Interlude for Billy
11  Poppy's Fugue (in two parts)
12  Sleepers Wake - Karalananga, Op. 64b
13 Barcarolle, Op. 54a
14 Sea-Change, Op. 32

Antarctica

By Antonietta Loffredo

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New music for toy piano and/or piano played by Antonietta Loffredo. 
Another exciting University of Western Sydney project of newly composed works inspired by the landscapes and atmospheres of one of the most fascinating continents on the planet.  Antarctica is considered an inhospitable continent but it has fascinated and inspired not only travellers, scientists, researchers but musicians and writers.  This program of eleven composers from five countries draws on the sounds of the piano, and the clear, distinctive sound of two toy pianos, into their works. This music been performed by Antonietta in Australia and Italy.
Antarctica volume of the scores will be available online in early May.
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1  Inside Silence  - Sara Carvalho (Portugal)
2  The Blue Ice Cave - Diana Blom (Australia)
3  Implacable Ice - Mercedes Zavala (Spain)
4  "A" As Antarctica - Francesco Schweizer (Italy)
5   Percorso A - Stefano Procaccioli (Italy)
6   Erebus - Chris Adams (New Zealand)
7  HeartBroken Star In The Dream Winds Of Endless Night - Nathan Wilson (Australia)
8  Isola di memorie - Paolo Longo (Italy)
9  Antarctica Suite - Gian Gaolo Luppi (Italy)
10  Icewhite (penguin's steps in the eternity of nothing) - Antonio Giacometti (Italy)
11  Iceberg Variations - Paul Smith (Australia)

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Australian Piano Anthology for the 21st Century - Vol. One

By Katie Zhukov

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Piano music by Australian composers played by Katie Zhukov. 
It became apparent that there was a need for new piano works which represented contemporary Australian composers.  Wirripang approached its composers who, with their magnificient response, produced so many excellent works. 46 compositions were finally chosen, edited and critiqued by Katie Zhukov, and were embodied in three albums of sheet music each accompanied by a CD of the pieces recorded by Katie.  
It was from these recordings by Katie that this CD evolved. It is a collection of very pleasant, listenable and varied piano music and representative of the very high standard of work being written by Wirripang Australian composers. 
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The three books of these works (and more) are available online titled:
Wirripang Australian Piano Anthology - 2011
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1  Baggy Green Rag  (John Martin)
2  Prelude and Fugue Chromatica (Tony Wheeler)
3  Catherine Wheels (May Howlett)
4  Nocturne for a Nebula (Ann Carr-Boyd)
5  The Pink Ballerina on a White Pony (May Howlett)
6 Key Connections (Betty Beath)
7 Thorn of the Rose (John Martin)
8 Prelude to Play(Betty Beath)
9  Parade (May Howlett)
10  The Demented Demon (Brennan Keats)
11 Paradise Bar   Prelude (Andrew Schultz)
12  Red Dust Settles (Brennan Keats)
13  Politically Correct Rag  (Paul Paviour)
14  Very Slow Jazz (Ann Carr-Boyd)
15  The Jazz Cat Miaou (Frank Millward)
16  Light Through a Stained Glass Window 
(Betty Beath)
17  Outlines (Andrew Helberg)
18  Intermezzo in E  (Phillip Wilcher)
19  Lucky Thirteen (John Peterson)
20  Toccatina (Colin Brumby)
21  Dreamboat Blues (Amanda Handel)
22  Watching the River Flow (John Petrson)
23  Valse Triste (Stephen Yates)
24 The Breeze and You (Frank Millward) 
25 Prelude II (Jennifer Trynes)
26 Mistique (Mark Matthews)
27  Ball Games - Basketball (Diana Blom)  
28  Tip-Toe Tango (Jocelyn E Kotchie) 
29 The Afghans (Stephen O'Connell)
30 At Sundown  (Amanda Handel)

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Australian Saxophone Anthology, The

By Robert Woodward

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22 solo and accompaniment works by various Australian composers, performed by Robert Woodward, saxophone and Benjamin Burton piano.  The pieces, especially composed for this anthology, compiled and edited by Rob, are sensitively and imaginatively performed.  A marvellous collection of works, the first produced in Australia.  Composers include: Colin Brumby, Brennan Keats, John Wayne Dixon, Paul Ballam-Cross, Paul Paviour, Ric Mills, Brett McKern, Gavin Lockley, Houston Dunleavy, Stephen O'Connell, and Stephen Yates.
An album of print music for all these pieces is available online.
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Entrada (Colin Brumby)
Sonata for Alto Saxophone (Paul Ballam-Cross)
   - Movement I ,- Movement II,
   - Movement III,  - Movement IV
Starlight on the Sea (Brennan Keats)
Seasides(John Wayne Dixon)
   - GullsSand Dance,   RetreatEbb
An April Aubade Paul Paviour)
Suite for Saxophone (Ric Mills)
   - Missing PeaceAt First Sight,  
   MeaningI'm Still With You,
God Be in My Head
Scherzo for Saxophone (Brett McKern)
Pie Jesu (Gavin Lockley) 
Capriccio (Colin Brumby)
Serenade (Houston Dunleavy)
Tempe Downs (Stephen O'Connell)
Fandangle Indeed (Stephen Yates)

Australian Song Cycles - Vol 1

By Various Composers

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Features 32 songs from six song cycles by prominent Autralian composers - Ian Cooper, John Peterson, Richard Charlton, Margaret Sutherland, Dulcie Holland and Nigel Butterley who have set poems by Jane Adamson, William Blake, Kenneth Slessor, Mary Gilmore, Robin Gurr.    Performed by Wendy Dixon (soprano) and David Miller (piano).
Print music for First Person Feminine, Eternity's Sunrise, Four Blake Songs and Child in Nature are available online.Wirripang label wirr036

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First Person Feminine - Ian Cooper (Adamson)
1  i ,  - 2  ii   , - 3  iii , - 4 iv ,  - 5 v,   - 6  vi,   - 7  vii
Eternity's Sunrise - John Peterson (Blake)
- 8  Auguries of Innocence
- 9  On Another's Sorrow
10 Holy Thursday
- 11 Endless Night
12  Eternity
Statues - Richard Charlton (Slessor)
- 13  The Statues Awake
14  Venus and Apollo
15  Flowers16 The ghosts of flesh
17  RealityFour Blake Songs - Margaret Sutherland (Blake)
18  Memory, hither come
19  Piping down the valley wild20  How sweet I roamed
21  I love the jocund dance
Four Mary Gilmore Songs - Dulcie Holland (Gilmour)
22  Whom shall I praise?
23  Spring
24  The loving heart
25  Rittle rattle rittle
Child in Nature - Nigel Butterley (Gurr)
26  The Child
27  The Bird
28  Brown Jack 
29  Spider's Web 
- 30  The Cricket 
31  The Wind and the Song 
32  A Dark Glow About Me 

 

 

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Birch Tree, The

By Diana Weston, Thoroughbass

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The theme of this recording is music inspired by folkmusic. Diana Weston (harpsichord) and the ensemble Thoroughbass have recorded this wonderful collection of tunes by composers such as, Mary Mageau, Béla Bartók, May Howlett, Ann Carr-Boyd and Elena Kats-Chernin.
Folk melody and rhythm can be found permeating works from all centuries and genres up to the present. For the French of the 17th and 18th centuries, it formed the backbone of a national style, albeit one with a sophisticated overlay (the dance suite). For some composers, like Bartók, folkmusic became the stuff of their compositional voice. For others like Ann Carr-Boyd, adaptation of folksong was a way of approaching a wide variety of audiences of different ethnic backgrounds. Her new composition, Suite for Diana, follows this trend, as does Elena Kats-Chernin’s The Birch Tree, both composed for Thoroughbass in 2014 and recorded here for the first time. Thematically overlapping Bartók’s miniature pieces ‘For Children’ (arguably ‘about’ children as much as ‘for’ children) are four songs for children by May Howlett. Both composers recognize the complexity of childhood in music that is expressive and authentic, innocent and above all, fun.

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1 Variations on Scarborough Fair (Mary Mageau)
For Children - Hungarian (Béla Bartók)
No. 4 Pillow Dance 
No. 6 Study for left hand
No. 10 Children's Dance
No. 11  No. 17 Round Dance
No. 18 Soldier's Song
No. 26  No. 28 Choral  10 No. 31 
11 No. 38 Winter Solstice Song 
12  No. 40 Swineherd's Dance
13  The Littlest Dragon 14  The Cat
15  The Dog  1 Flutter by, My Butterfly
Suite for Diana (Ann Carr-Boyd)
17  The Wild Colonial Boy
18  Interlude 119  Two Latvian Folksongs
20  Interlude 2  21  Gulumkan  22  Interlude 2a
For Children - Slovakian (Béla Bartók)
23  No. 1 24  No. 6 Round Dance
25  No. 7 Sorrow
26  No. 10 Funeral Dance  27  No. 11  28  No. 17  29  No. 18 Teasing Song
30  No. 19. Romance 
31 No. 20 Game of Tag
32  No. 22 Revelry  33  No. 25 Scherzando
34  No. 26 Peasant's Flute
35  No. 28 Choral  36  No. 33
37  No. 34 Farewell  38  No. 38 Dirge
39  The Birch Tree  (Elena Kats-Chernin)

Bundanon

By Phillip Wilcher

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22 piano works by Phillip Wilcher, performed by Jeanell Carrigan
Print music for most of the works are available online.
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Aaaron's Eight (1-8)
1  Allegro,  - 2  Lento Dolente,- 3  A Piacere, ma con motto,  - 4  Adagio - ben sostenuto, 5  Moderato,
6  Allegro con brio 7  Andante,8  Allegro Vivace
Bacchante (9-18)
   - 9  Andante,  10  Allegretto,
  - 11  Toccata con motto (quasi allegretto)
   -12  Largamente, ma non adagio
  - 13  Vivace, 14  Allegretto,
  - 15  Allegretto, 16  Andante maestoso
   - 17  Moderato semplice 18  c
19  Bundanon
20  Prelude for the Right Hand
21  Rhapsody
22 The Sorrow of Angels


Bushfire

By Rachel Tolmie

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An enthralling CD recorded by Rachel Tolmie cor anglais with the string orchestra Concertante Ensemble conducted by Chris Bearman.  Composers include Phillip Rutherford, Colin Brumby, Chris Sainsbury, Rosalind Carlson and Jennifer Fowler. 
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2  Scena (Colin Brumby)
3  Bushfire - Mvt I (Chris Sainsbury)
4   Bushfire Mvt II (Chris Sainsbury)
5  Circle of Memories (Rosalind Carlson)
6  The Flowergirls - Mvt I (Chris Sainsbury)
7  The Flowergirls - Mvt II (Chris Sainsbury)
8  Lament (Jennifer Fowler)

Callisto: Music for Fairlight CMI

By Michael Hannan

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Michael Hannan 
The CD Callisto features works composed for the Fairlight Computer Musical Instrument (CMI) which is the world's first digital music sampler, a product of the late 1970s. The recording also provides some documentation of a phase of Michael Hannan’s development as a composer, during which he was an insider of a ground breaking project generated by the CMI at that time, being 1984.

Each work conveys images that draw one away to other worlds, in the case of Callisto (the largest moon of Jupiter) to a sound analysis of laughter, a series of studies, a sonata written in the style of Conlon Nancarrow, through the inspiration generated by animal calls, a tribute to Slonimsky, finally and intriguingly an attempt to stimulate the conditions by which a thought trance is induced. 
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 1.  Callisto
 2.  Laughing Piece
 3.  Study #1.1
 4.  Study #1.2
 5.  Study #1.3
 6.  Sonata After Nancarrow
 7.  Animal Minimal
 8.  Slonimsky Variations
 9.  Alphabeat