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Composers' Series, The - Volume 8(a) Piano Solos (Hutchens)

By Frank Hutchens

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Frank Hutchens (1892-1965)

14 piano solos for advanced students, composed between early 1930s and 1960s.  The volume includes a CD of these works.

Hutchens was an extraordinary teacher, who taught at the NSW Conservatorium for almost 50 years and his writing for the piano is always pianistic. These compositions for piano are quite extraordinary in that despite being based on very natural hand positions, and therefore very comfortable to play, they give the impression of being challenging works. This is the case even for the simpler pieces. His musical language could be described as impressionistic, occasionally late romantic, and he uses compositional elements found normally in the music of Impressionistic compositions: unsymmetrical phrases, whole tone scales, unresolved dissonances, and the harmony, while basically tonal explores chromaticism.

This volume of piano solos is unique as until now there has been no collection of his works. Despite having written over fifty piano compositions they had been published as single items and no compilation had existed. This volume includes the more difficult and challenging works. Volume 8 (b) is designed to present works of approximately fifth to eight grade standard and Volume 8 (c) has elementary to grade five pieces.

More comprehensive biographical notes are within the volume which also includes a CD of all the works.

  • Weeping Mist
  • Gavotte Brillante
  • Ballade
  • Vienna Interlude
  • Fairy Ships"The Voyage
  • Sea Music
  • The Surfer
  • Sea Fantasy
  • Waltz
  • Prelude
  • Toccata
  • Serenade
  • Lullaby on a Hidden Theme

Researched, edited and recorded by Jeanell Carrigan

Volume 8: Frank Hutchens

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ISMN 9790720231105
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Composers' Series, The - Volume 8(b) Piano Solos (Hutchens)

By Frank Hutchens

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Frank Hutchens (1892-1965)

17 piano solos for intermediate level (grades 5 to 8) , composed between early 1930s and 1950s. 

This volume of piano solos is unique as until now there has been no collection of his works. Despite having written over fifty piano compositions they had been published as single items and no compilation had existed. In this volume Forest Magic, and the suite Dance of the Hours which has five short movements have not been previously published. The other pieces are those better-known works by Hutchens and are suitable for an approximate grade level of fifth to eighth grade. Indeed, many have been on the AMEB syllabus for those grades for many years.

More comprehensive biographical notes are within the volume which also includes a CD of all the works.

  • Dance of the Hours
  • 1  The Hours of the Daybreak
  • 2  Dance of the Hours of the Day
  • 3  Enter the Hours of the Evening
  • 4  Enter the Hours of the Night
  • 5  Finale
  • At the Bathing Pool
  • Prelude Romantique
  • By the River
  • Evening
  • In a Boat
  • Gnomes
  • Prelude in B major
  • Forest Magic
  • Two Little Birds
  • The Island
  • Minuet
  • The Enchanted Isle

Researched, edited and recorded by Jeanell Carrigan

Volume 8: Frank Hutchens

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ISMN 9790720231112
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Composers' Series, The - Volume 8(c) Piano Solos (Hutchens)

By Frank Hutchens

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Frank Hutchens (1892-1965)

37 piano solos for elementary level (preliminary to 5), composed between early 1930s and 1950s.  

All the works in this volume are suitable for the grades preliminary to approximately grade five standard. They exploit different pedagogical aspects of piano playing including a variety of articulations, dynamics, and pedalling. In most cases pedalling is specified and if possible, in terms of the development the student, should be used.

It is surprising how many of Hutchens’ works for piano are in a major key – predominantly G or D Major. As he was an extraordinary teacher, who taught at the NSW Conservatorium for almost 50 years - being one of the founders and first piano teachers, his music written for young and developing pianists is excellent pedagogical material. His language can be described as impressionistic rather than late romantic. He uses unsymmetrical phrases and the harmony, while basically tonal, explores chromaticism. He exploits both technical and musical aspects in terms of developing skills.

More comprehensive biographical notes are within the volume which also includes a CD of all the works.

Researched and edited by Jeanell Carrigan

Volume 8: Frank Hutchens

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Sea Impressions - CD

By Jeanell Carrigan

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                                             Jeanell Carrigan (piano)

Piano Miniatures by Australian Composers
Lindley Evans, Frank Hutchens, Linda Phillips, Esther Rofe, Edith Harrhy, Meta Overman

Visual artists have always been fascinated by bodies of water – rivers, waterfalls, the ocean. The turbulence and calm, movement and stillness, colours and different effects of light on water have all been the catalyst for many masterpieces. Composers too are guilty of being entranced by water and especially the sea. They have tried to recreate, in sound, some of the magic that they see and hear when looking out over the ocean, arriving on an island or travelling in a boat. This album is designed to be a journey in sound, illustrating how water has become a major aspect of inspiration. We visit islands, travel by boat - or imaginary ships - partake in swimming adventures, meet folk who live by the sea, go sailing on Sydney Harbour, take extended ocean journeys and finally after reaching an island of enchantment are lulled to sleep.

The cover painting "Coastal Kaleidoscope" c.2009 by Annie Georgeson.

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[1]   Il Cielo Sereno (Under the Fair Sky) - Lindley Evans
[2]   The Island - Frank Hutchens
[3]   The Voyage - Frank Hutchens
Sea Impressions - Linda Phillips [4-6]
[4]   Waves
[5]   Dancing Sunlight
[6]   Mermaid and Harp
[7]   Fairy Ships - Frank Hutchens
[8]   The Island - Esther Rofe
[9]   On a Boat - Frank Hutchens
[10] Ballade - Frank Hutchens
[11] On the Wanganui - Edith Harrhy
Holiday in Australia - Lindley Evans
[12] The Coral Island
[13] Weeping Mist - Frank Hutchens
The Sea Idylls - Meta Overman [14-16]
[14] Visschersmeisje (Fisher Girl)
[15] Matrozendans (Sailor's Dance)
[16] En Toen... (And Then...)
[17] Sea Fantasy - Frank Hutchens
[18] At the Bathing Pool - Frank Hutchens
[19] By the River - Frank Hutchens
[20] The Surfer - Frank Hutchens
[21] Sea Music - Frank Hutchens
[22] The Enchanted Isle - Frank Hutchens
[23] Serenade - Frank Hutchens
[24] Berceuse for a Sleeping Sand-Baby - Lindley Evans

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Lindley Evans
Frank Hutchens
Linda Phillips
Esther Rofe
Meta Overman