Stairway to the Moon - CD

By Ann Carr-boyd

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Music by Ann Carr-Boyd

The Staircase (or Stairway) to the Moon is a natural phenomenon caused by the rising of a full moon reflected on the exposed mudflats in Roebuck Bay in Western Australia at extremely low tide, to create a beautiful optical illusion of a stairway reaching to the moon. This spectacular sight occurs from March through to November.  Roebuck Bay is near Broome.

Ann's works performed by: The Steel City Strings conducted by Shilong Ye with harpist Verna Lee and concertmaster Kyle Little.
Other works include outstanding  performances by clarinetist Amy Whyte and pianist John Martin.
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Cover artwork by Ann Carr-Boyd

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[1]   Stairway to the Moon - Amy Whyte, clarinet, John Martin, piano
[2]   Fantasy for Harp and Orchestra - Verna Lee, harp and the Steel City Strings
[3]   Rumba for Two - Amy Whyte, clarinet, John Martin, piano
[4]   Spiral Galaxy - John Martin, piano 
[5]   Mercury - John Martin, piano 
[6]   Sombrero Galaxy - John Martin, piano 
[7]   Grasstree Hill - Verna Lee, harp and the Steel City Strings
[8]   Crimson Rosella - John Martin, piano 
[9] Left Bank Waltz - Steel City Strings
[10]  Sea Chant - Steel City Strings
[11] Moonacres Farm - Amy Whyte, clarinet, John Martin, piano
[12] Old Mandemar Road - Amy Whyte, clarinet, John Martin, piano
[13] Gulumkan - John Martin, piano
[14 – 16] Moonbeams Kiss the Sea ) - John Martin, piano
(i)   The waves clasp one another 
(ii)   Moonbeams kiss the sea 
(iii)   See the mountains kiss high heaven

Summer Madrigal - CD

By Various Composers

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                                 for Cor anglais and Piano

Rachel Tolmie, cor anglais and John Martin, piano, perform on this recording with creativity and sensitivity.  A delightful collection of works have been chosen which include many solo pieces by Rachel and others in ensemble.

Wirripang composers - Piotr Nowotnik, Timothy Franklin, Michael Atherton and Paul Paviour are included, as is Franz Holford whose work, Summer Madrigal, is the title of the CD.

Print music for the Wirripang composers is available online.

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That Bloody Game

By Michael Halliwell, David Miller

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Australian World War I Songs performed by baritone Michael Halliwell and pianist David Miller.  The songs in this collection respond to the changing circumstances of the war. From recruitment in Australia, songs written for the precise purpose of getting men to join up, sometimes shaming them into doing so! For Australia, Gallipoli was the first 'big event' of the war, and then to the Dardanelles, and to France; to the home front and how the war affected civilians and celebrating the return of the forces. The songs also reflect the more serious side to which classical composers of the time responded to the war so creating many outstanding songs that can be heard on this recording. 
The CD booklet portrays many of the original covers from the songs' scores.
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1.  Wake up! Australia (Alfred Mansfield)

2.  For auld Lang Syne! Australia will be there ('Skipper' W. W. Francis)
3.  Backblocks Bill (George R. Hyam)
4.  Good-bye, my sweet Australian Lassie (G.W. Walker)
5.  Gallipoli (Lieut. A. Wheatley-Healy/J. E. Dodd)
6.  The Heroes of the Dardanelles (Reginald A. A. Stoneham)
7.  The Anzac soldier (C. Stevens)
8.  He died at the Dardanelles (Daisy Andrews/Jack Briton)
9.  Over the top with the best of luck (May Lawrence/Charles Logan)
10.  The Attack (on Zeebrugge) (Reginald A. A Stoneham)
11.  Sing us a song of Australia (Charles Ridgway)
12 . He was only a private, that's all (W. Evelyn Dell/Frederick E. Gladdish)
13.  Lonely (Anon/Felix Le Roy)
14.  What do you think of the Kaiser? Boo! Hoo! Hoo! (Charles Vaude)
15.  Why can't each nation be at peace? (George Daniels/Felix Le Roy)
16.  The Anzac's Bride (W.W. Barnes)
17.  Back Home (Reginald A. A Stoneham)
18.  Don't sing a song about the war to me (Charles Vaude)
19.  I gave my best for my country (Tom E. Leonard)
20.  Australia's hymn for her dead (E.S. Emerson/Thomas G. Rabbets)
21.  And the Band played Waltzing Matilda (Eric Bogle/arr. Calvin Bowman) 

Tunes for Mademoiselle

By John Martin

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Works performed by John Martin include Scott Joplin, George Gershwin, Zez Confrey and Billy Mayerl, as well as several of our finest Australian composers, such as Ann Carr-Boyd, Amanda Handel, Stuart Greenbaum and Elena Kats-Chernin.
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1 Pasquinade (Gottscchalk)
2  Antoinette (Joplin)
3  Bethena, Concert Waltz (Joplin) 
4  Dizzy Fingers (Confrey) 
5  Tune for Mademoiselle (Confrey)
6  Blue Tornado (Confrey) 
7  Blue Bay (Handel) 
8  Sapphire Rag (Kats-Chernin) 
9  Blue Gardenia (Wilcher)
10  Flapperette (Greer)
11  The Joker (Mayerl)
12  Marigold (Mayerl)
13  Bats in the Belfry (Mayerl)
14  Northbridge Blues (Carr-Boyd)
15  Rag for Razz (Carr-Boyd)
16  A Passing Thought (Martin)
17  New Roads, Old Destinations (Greenbaum)
18  Two Waltzes in C (Gershwin) 

Valley of Rocks - CD

By Miriam Hyde

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A collection of 12 piano pieces composed and performed by Miriam Hyde.  Liner notes compiled by Ann Carr-Boyd.  First released in 1993 and now re-released and available online only from Wirripang. 
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Sheet music for most of these pieces are available online.

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1   Fantasia on Waltzing Matilda
2   Rhapsody No. 1 in F# minor
3   Magpies at Sunrise
4   Brownhill Creek in Spring
5   The Ring of New Bells6   Sonata in G minor
        i.   Allegro energico
        ii.  Andante solennemente
        iii. Allegro con brio
 7   Reflected Reeds
8   Scherzo Fantastico
9    Valley of Rocks
10  Evening in Cordoba
11  Water Nymph
12  Concert Study No. 3 in C# minor


By Daniel Herscovitch

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for piano 17th - 21st Centuries
Daniel Herscovitch, piano, with Clemens Leske (Track 2).
Variation is the oldest and most basic musical form across all musical cultures.  This CD includes works by eleven composers from five centuries and eight countries including Australia and its two neighbours Indonesia and New Zealand.
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1.  Ground in Gamu (Henry Purcell)
2.  Andante with Variations K.501 (W A Mozart)
3.  Variations on Rule Britannia Wo0 79  (L v Beethoven)
4.  Variation on a Waltz by Diabelli D.719 (F Schubert)
5.  Berceuse Op.57 (F Chopin)
6.  Danza sacra e duetto finale d'Aida (F Liszt)
7.  Chaconne Op.32 (Carl Nielsen)
8.  Variations on a Theme by Beethoven (Edwin Carr)
Variations Op.27 (Anton Webern) [9-11]
9.   Sehr mäßi
10.  Sehr schnell
11.  Ruhig fileßend
Like Writing on Water: Variations on Webern's Op.27
(Brad Gill) [12-16]
12.  Crush
13.  Trails...
14.  Interweave
15.  Like Writing on Water
16.  Distance
17.  Rapsodia Nusantara No.10 (Ananda Sukarlan)

Voice of Australia

By Various Composers

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Complete Volumes I & II 
Features 29 Australian songs performed by soprano Wendy Dixon, baritone Tim Collins and pianist David Miller. These works demonstrate the unique relationship between poet, composer, singer and pianist in the genre of art song. 

Available only on Apple Music

See also online, Voice of Australia Volumes I and II teaching manuals and sheet music for all 29 songs, and Volume I in both medium and high voice.
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PDF download of words to all songs

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1   First Person Feminine - iii - (Ian Cooper)
2   First Person Feminine - vii - (Ian Cooper)
3   Strange Requiem - (Margaret Sutherland)
4   Titania's Lullaby - (Hugh Dixon)
5   Auguries of Innocence - (John Peterson)
6   I am Black - (Andrew Schultz)
7   Frogs 1 - (Nigel Butterley)
8   Frogs 2 - (Nigel Butterley)
9   Frogs 3 - (Nigel Butterley)
10 Quel rosignuol - (Colin Brumby)
11 Each thoughtless day - (Trevor Pearce)
12 where the wind sighs - (Trevor Pearce)
13 Night After Bushfire - (Gordon Kerry)
14 Balloon Ride - (Stuart Greenbaum)
15 Asmaradana - (Betty Beath)
16 Turning Fifty - (Paul Paviour)
17 The Downfall - (James Penberthy)
18 To say before going to sleep - (Stephen Yates)
19 She wore a black ribbon - (Martin Wesley-Smith)
20 The bird sings - (Rhonda Berry)
21 Golden Boy - (Stephen Cronin)
22 A Summer's Day - (Gerald Glynn)
23 Burn out my eyes - (Quentin Grant)
24 Coolness - (David Keeffe)
25 Of a noble race she came - (Roger Smalley)
26 Bush Christmas - (Wendy Hiscocks)
27 Listening to the Harp - (Larry Sitsky)
28 The Moon Has Set - (Kevin Marsh)
29 To A Child - (Ross Edwards)

Voice of Love, The

By Phillip Wilcher

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This double CD of music is composed by Phillip Wilcher and interpreted by Jeanell Carrigan, piano and Minah Choe, cello.  Both these performers display extraordinary sensitivity and colour with rare musical intuition. An outstanding collection of beautiful music for solo piano and cello and piano.
Phillip has dedicated the CD to Rosemary Eather, a long-time friend and producer and host of the 1970s early morning children's television show, Good Morning with Rosemary, one of Australia's first weekday breakfast variety programs for children.
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Review by Samuel Bugeja 2018

Scores are available online for most of this music.

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Five Nocturnes [1-5]
1  Andante con affetto
2 Andante - largo sostenuto
Andante Moderato
6  The Maiden Voyage
The Sorrow of Angels [7-8]
Their Sorrow
9  The Voice of Love (from Three Romantic Pieces)
10  Legend after "The Shadow of Cain" by Edith Sitwell
11  Lift (from Two Pieces for Cello and Piano)
12  Starseed
13  Simplicity Itself (from Two Pieces for Cello and Piano)
14  Valzer Rimoldi
15   Reverie
16  His Last Breath
17   ... and with rain

Talatat [1-3]
Hymn to the Aten
The Blue Lotus
4  Barcarolle (from Three Romantic Pieces)
5  Waltz Awaiting
6  Vocalise
I Would Like To Paint As The Bird Sings [7-13]
Bathers in La Grenovillere
10 Self Portrait
11 Etretat
12 Regatta a Argenteuil
13 Poppy Fields
14 Romance (from Three Romantic Pieces)
15  Without Her

War Letters

By Diana Blom, Larry Sitsky, Nicole Murphy, Elliott Gyger

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New music commemorating WWI

Works by Elliot Gyger, Nicole Murphy, Larry Sitsky and Diana Blom and performed by Halcyon: Alison Morgan soprano, Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano, Clive Birch bass, James Wannan viola, Kaylie Dunstan percussion, Jo Allan piano and Geoffrey Gartner conductor (tracks 1-5).

One doesn't have to dig too deeply to find that many people have a family connection to WWI, with stories of relatives who returned safely ... or did not.  Four Australian composers, representing four generations, were commissioned to set letters from WWI for new music ensemble Halcyon.  The thoughts, reflections and feelings expressed in these personal letters are as fresh today as they were 100 years ago.  War Letters brings into focus the day to day experiences of the men and women taken up by war.  From these personal memories we can reflect on the enormous impact the war, as it continues in our present lives, and truly empathise with those individuals who are speaking to us from both the past and the present.
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Concert Program of Schools Presentation - Tuesday 10 November 2015, Ku-ring-gai Town Hall, Pymble

Concert Program for Public Audience - Saturday 7th November 2015, Ku-ring-gai Town Hall, Pymble

Review of CD by Music Teachers' Association  NSW - The Studio - February 2017

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Un poilu australien - Elliott Gyger (2015) [1-5]
1   August - November 1914
2   April 1915 - January 1916
3   April - June 1916
4   July 1916
5   August 1916
'Dearest Mother ...' - Nicole Murphy (2015) [6-9]
6   Leaving Home
8   France
9   England
10 Letter from the Trenches - Larry Sitsky (2015)
Triptych (war letters)
- Diana Blom (2015) [11-13]
11  Gallipoli letter: Ellie (Frank Robinson)
12  Vietnam diary: Great bloody Xmas break (David Wilkins)
13  Afghan emails: Bread and kids (Andrew Hastie)

Wind Chimes - CD

By Phillip Wilcher

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