By Jeanell Carrigan
The composers in this volume:
Esther Rofe (1904-2000); Meta Overman (1907-1993); Majorie Hesse (1911-1986); Josephine Bell (1912-2006); Peggy Glanville Hicks(1912-1990); Miriam Hyde (1913-2005); Dulcie Holland (1913-2000); Phyllis Batchelor (1915-1999).
"Nostalgia" CD is a collection of 28 works from these volumes and is available online.
By Esther Rofe
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
By Jeanell Carrigan
Early twentieth century Australian women composers and their piano music.
By Jeanell Carrigan
Alfred Hill, the Australian composer is reputed to have said “To me there are only two kinds of music - good or bad. All old music has at one time been modern and all modern music will one day become old so why worry? Time is a great critic that puts them in their place”.
The piano compositions on this recording have been deliberately chosen because of their beauty, their inherent musicality, the craft and skill of the composers and their appeal to the listener. Not considered in their selection was any decision based on whether the style was the fashion at the time of their composition. All of the composers on this recording are Australian women who were born between 1862 and 1915.
To support this recording, Dr Jeanell Carrigan has researched and compiled three volumes of scores of these and additional piano works, most of which have not previously been published. These volumes, together with individual CDs, are available online.
1 A Water Colour (Katherine Parker)
2 The Watermill (Ester Kahn)
3 The Lake (Dulcie Holland)
4 Pastorale (Peggy Glanville Hicks)
5 Country Dance (Iris de Cairos Rego)
6 Prelude No. I (Florence Donaldson Ewart)
7 Prelude No. II (Florence Donaldson Ewart)
8 Prelude No. III (Florence Donaldson Ewart)
9 Prelude (Phyllis Batchelor)
10 Sarabande (Phyllis Batchelor)
11 Dithyramb - a ballet (Margaret Sutherland)
12 Ballerina (Miriam Hyde)
13 Arc-e Ciel (Katherine Parker)
14 The Ballerina (Marjorie Hesse)
15 Gavotte (Mona McBurney
16 Waltz in E (Iris de Cairos Rego)
17 Echo de Vienne (Esther Rofe)
18 Valse Gracieuse (Marjorie Hesse)
19 Marche Grotesque (Una Bourne)
20 Melody in Ab (Mary Bowden)
21 Miniature Variations on a Theme in A minor (Esther Rofe)
22 Ritsel (Meta Overman)
23 Will o'the Wisp (Mirrie Hill)
24 Prelude (Mirrie Hill)
25 Fun (Mirrie Hill)
26 Meditation (Nellie Cuddigan)
27 Nocturne for Piano (Dulcie Holland)
28 Nocturne (Katherine Parker)