Composers and Authors

Australian Heritage Collection Volume II

By Jeanell Carrigan

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 Piano music by Australian Women Composers

The composers in this volume:  

Mirrie Hill (Solomon) (1889-1986); Elsa Marshall Hall (1891-1980); Edith Harrhy (1893-1969); Iris De Cairos Rego (1894-1987); Margaret Sutherland (1897-1984); Linda Phillips (1899-2002);  Nellie Cuddigan ( 1901); Vera Buck (1903-1986)

 "Nostalgia" CD is a collection of 28 works from these volumes and is available online


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Mirrie Hill (Solomon) (1889-1986)

Elsa Marshall Hall (1891-1980)

Edith Harrhy (1893-1969)

Iris De Cairos Rego (1894-1987)

Margaret Sutherland (1897-1984)

  • Dithyramb - A ballet (transcribed for the piano)

Linda Phillips (1899-2002)

Nellie Cuddigan (b. ca. 1901)

Vera Buck (1903-1986)

ISMN 9790720166933

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Composers' Series, The - Volume 1(a) Piano Solos (de Cairos-Rego)

By Iris de Cairos-Rego

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Iris de Cairos-Rego (1894-1987)

There are many composers who lived in the early part of the twentieth century in Australia whose music has been scattered and largely forgotten. Even if their music was published it is long out of print and might be found in several libraries in the original publication or in archives but is often very difficult to trace and is almost never available from one source.

In The Composers' Series each volume will contain biographical notes about the composer, editorial and performance notes about each piano composition, the scores and recordings. While its aims are to present a comprehensive portrait of the composer and their piano music this will sometimes be impossible as some scores have certainly been lost forever and only a mention can be made of those works.

More comprehensive biographical notes are within the volume.

22 piano solos from 1924 to 1957 are represented in this collection and includes  a recording by Jeanell Carrigan of all works.

Researched and edited by Jeanell Carrigan

Volume I(a) - Iris de Cairos-Rego:

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Audio samples and YouTube links

ISMN 9790720214446
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As part of 'The Composer's Series' many of these works have been recorded by Jeanell Carrigan on a CDs: Nostalgia (Wirr080); Reverie (Wirr 106; Forest Magic (Wirr109)

Composers' Series, The - Volume 1(b) Piano Duets (de Cairos-Rego)

By Iris De Cairos-Rego

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Iris de Cairos-Rego

Piano Duets Bushland Sketches (composed 1938):

  • Picnic, c.1'30
  • The Koala's Story, c.1'00
  • Kookaburra, c.2'30
  • Twilight, c.2'00
  • Vesper Hymn, c.3'00

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Researched and edited by Jeanell Carrigan

Volume I(b) - Iris de Cairos-Rego

ISMN 9790720214542
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Composers' Series, The - Volume 1(c) Chamber Music (de Cairos-Rego)

By Iris De Cairos-Rego

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Iris de Cairos-Rego

Three Chamber works for violins, cello and piano.

Composed 1959; 1957; c.1912 respectively

These chamber works have now been recorded  and are the only known recordings of any of the works. The CD is included with the hard copy purchase.

Violin 1: Goetz Richter
Violin 2: (for both quartets only) Li Gu
Cello: Minah Choe
Piano: Jeanell Carrigan

  • Folk Dance, c.2'00 audio
  • The Old Stone Bridge, c.2'25 audio
  • Trio in A Minor, c.26'00
    (i) Andante Moderato audio
    (ii) Allegretto Moderato audio
    (iii) Andante Tranquillo audio
    (iv)  Allegro audio

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    Researched, edited and recorded by Jeanell Carrigan

    Volume I(c) - Iris de Cairos-Rego

    ISMN 9790720214719
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    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

    Forest Magic - CD

    By Jeanell Carrigan

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      Jeanell Carrigan (piano)

    Piano Miniatures by Australian Composers

    Lindley Evans, Frank Hutchens, Mirrie Solomon [Hill], Miriam Hyde, Roy Agnew, Alfred Hill, Hooper Brewster-Jones, Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Josephine Bell, Iris de Cairos-Rego, Esther Kahn

    “Faintly shrouded by a gentle mist
    The trees within the wood resemble dreams.” (Franz Holford)

    In the early 1900s in Australia almost every home contained a piano. A sturdy upright with a metal frame taking pride of place in the parlour and providing hours of entertainment in the form of sing-alongs and musical evenings. Consequently, many songs and a great deal of piano music was composed which could be performed in the home environment, but also many works designed for the concert platform.
    On this themed recording there are examples of piano music written by composers who were all born in the nineteenth or very early twentieth century, who lived throughout that century writing music describing their impressions of the world around them. There are works about forests, leafy lanes, mists, and joyful rain. There is a cacophony of bird sounds and just as trees can resemble dreams this music creates dreams and visions.

    Cover photograph by Catherine McCorkill

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    [1]    Forest Magic (no date) – Frank Hutchens
    [2]    The Leafy Lanes of Kent (1950) – Mirrie Hill
    [3]    Dawn (no date) – Linda Phillips
    [4]    Woodland Sketch (1966) – Miriam Hyde
    [5]    Joyous Rain (1942) – Alfred Hill
    [6]    Murmuring Trees (1936) – Josephine Bell
    [7]    The Old Gum Tree (1963) – Lindley Evans
    [8]    The Elm Tree (1935) – Iris de Cairos-Rego
    [9]    Two Little Birds (1944) – Frank Hutchens
    [10]  Willow Wind (1973) – Mirrie Hill
    [11]  Butterflies (1958) – Linda Phillips
    [12]  Rabbit Hill (1928) – Roy Agnew
    [13]  Doves (1932) – Alfred Hill
    [14]  Midst Heather and Wattle (1949) – Esther Kahn
    [15]  Pastoral (1936) – Peggy Glanville-Hicks
    [16]  Flight (no date) – Linda Phillips
    [17]  Bell Birds (1963) – Lindley Evans
    [18]  Noon (1958) – Linda Phillips 
    [19]  Blackbird’s Song – Miriam Hyde
    [20]  Fragrance (1936) – Lindley Evans
    [21]  Wattle Bird in the Garden Hooper Brewster-Jones
    [22]  The Distant MagpieHooper Brewster-Jones
    [23]  The Peaceful Dove (1923-1926) Hooper Brewster-Jones 
    [24]  Hushed is my Garden (no date) – Linda Phillips
    [25]  Drifting Mists – Roy Agnew
    [26]  Return at Sunset (no date) – Linda Phillips 
    [27]  At the Setting of the Sun (1911) – Mirrie Hill
    [28]  Evening (1954) – Frank Hutchens                                            

    Sheet music and samples are available for many of these works visit:

    Lindley Evans
    Frank Hutchens
    Esther Kahn
    Hooper Brewster-Jones
    Linda Phillips
    Peggy Glanville-Hicks
    Mirrie Hill
    Josephine Bell
    Iris de Carios-Rego
    Roy Agnew
    Miriam Hyde


    Music for the Salon Trio - CD

    By Jeanell Carrigan

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     Goetz Richter (violin), Minah Choe (cello), Jeanell Carrigan (piano)

     Four piano trios for violin, cello and piano by
    Iris de Cairos-Rego, Mirrie  Hill,  Frank Hutchens and Alfred Hill

    On the 23rd of October 1911, the recently formed Salon Trio gave their first recital at the St. James Hall in Sydney. The players were Miss Dorothy Curtis, violin, Miss Florence E. Brown, ‘cello and Miss Mirrie Solomon [Hill], piano. This was a significant occasion because it marked the presentation of a new chamber music ensemble consisting of piano, violin, and cello, playing compositions of a genre not yet extensively explored in Australia. The program consisted of trios by Schott, Vidor, Grieg and Mendelssohn . At the time Sydney did not have a strong chamber music tradition and there are no reviews or notifications of any other permanent piano trio to be found. This was an all-female group of instrumentalists, performing in a public venue, also highly unusual. However, over time the pianists were replaced by Iris de Cairos-Rego, then Frank Hutchens (who was a good friend of Alfred Hill) and so these three pianists, also composers, wrote pieces for the trio., as did Alfred Hill.

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    Audio samples 

    Piano Trio in A Minor (1912) Iris de Cairos-Rego
    Andante moderato
    Allegretto moderato
    Andante tranquillo
    Trio for Pianoforte, Violin and Cello (1916) Mirrie Hill
    Allegro maestoso
    Andante con moto
    Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello (1914) Frank Hutchens
    Maestoso – Allegro
    Trio in A Minor (c. 1915) Alfred Hill
    Allegro con brio
    Waiata Aroha (A Māori Love Song) - Andante
    Finale – Allegro moderato                     

    The sheet music of these trios is available in this catalogue for Mirrie Hill, Iris de Cairos-Rego and Frank Hutchens.

    Nostalgia CD

    By Jeanell Carrigan

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    Jeanell Carrigan (piano)

    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.

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    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)

    Reverie - CD

    By Jeanell Carrigan

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    Jeanell Carrigan (piano)

    Piano music by Australian Women
    Iris de Cairos-Rego, Kitty Parker, Una Bourne, Marjorie Hesse

    The painting on the front cover is a work called “Daydream” which was painted in 1895 by Australian artist Jane Sutherland. Jane Sutherland (1853-1928) was part of the Heidelberg school.

    Jane Sutherland was also the aunt of Margaret Sutherland who has rightly earned the title “The Matriarch” of Australian composition. It is therefore completely appropriate that the artistry of this wonderful Australian woman painter should grace the recording which highlights the wonderful musical artistry of these four Australian women composers of piano music. Iris de Cairos-Rego, Una Bourne, Kitty Parker and Marjorie Hesse all had a great deal in common. Firstly, they were all born in Australia between 1880 and 1911. Iris de Cairos-Rego was born in Sydney in 1894, Una Bourne in Mudgee in 1882, Kitty Parker in 1886 in Parknook, Cressy, Tasmania and Marjorie Hesse in Brisbane in 1911.

    All four women were dubbed as child prodigies due to their prodigious musical talent showing itself very early in life. As well as these factors all the women trained initially as pianists and later worked as teachers to earn the bulk of their living, passing on their incredible musicality and skills to many up and coming musicians. Iris de Cairos-Rego taught for many years at Frensham school in Mittagong, from 1935 until 1951, remaining as part of the school community until her death in 1987. Marjorie Hesse was a long-term member of the piano staff at the NSW Conservatorium of Music. Una Bourne was associated with the University of Melbourne, even providing a scholarship for women pianists and Kitty Parker had many private students.

    The Loud Mouth - Music Trust Review

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    [1]   Nocturne (1925) Kitty Parker
    [2]  Happy Morning (c.1941) Iris de Cairos-Rego
    [3]   All Suddenly the Wind Comes Soft (1932) Marjorie Hesse
    [4]   Graneen Vale (1944) Iris de Cairos-Rego  
    [5]   Petite Valse-Caprice Una Bourne
       Four Musical Sketches (1928) Kitty Parker
    [6]    A Patchwork of Shadows 
    [7]    Down Longford Way 
    [8]    One Summer’s Day
    [9]    Red Admiral  
    [10]  Albatross (1933) Iris de Cairos-Rego  
    [11]  Papillons Una Bourne          
    [12]  Romance (1947) Marjorie Hesse
    [13]  Two Impressions no. 1 (c.1927) Una Bourne
    [14]  Two Impressions no. 2  (c.1927) Una Bourne 
    [15]  La Pastourelle (c.1961) Marjorie Hesse
    [16]  English June (1941) Iris de Cairos-Rego 
    [17]  Firelight (1933) Iris de Cairos-Rego
    [18]  Humoresque (c.1927) Una Bourne 
    [19]  Waltz in E (1933) Iris de Cairos-Rego
    [20]  Nocturne (c.1926) Una Bourne
    [21]  Twilight (1937) Marjorie Hesse  
    [22]  Reverie (1957) Iris de Cairos-Rego

    Sheet music and samples are available for all these works visit:

    Iris de Carios-Rego
    Kitty Parker
    Una Bourne
    Marjorie Hesse


    Six Profiles of Australian Woman Composers CD

    By Katie Zhukov

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    Performed by pianist Katie Zhukov
    Piano works by Australian women composers - Iris de Cairos-Rego, Ester Rofe, Margaret Sutherland, Moneta Eagles, Mary Mageau, Betty Beath.
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    1  Waltz in E (Iris de Cairos-Rego)
    2  Firelight (Iris de Cairos-Rego)
    3  White Cloud (Iris de Cairos-Rego)
    4  Toccata "The Train" (Iris de Cairos-Rego)
    5  Pro-tem Suite:  Little Suite for the Left Hand (Ester Rofe)
    6  Jester (Ester Rofe)
    7  Fur Else (Ester Rofe)
    Six Profiles (Margaret Sutherland) (8-13)
    8  No.1,  9  No.210  No.3
    11  No.4,- 12  No.513  No.6 
    Sonatina for Piano (Moneta Eagles) (14-16)
    14  Mvt. 1, 15  Mvt. 216  Mvt. 3
    City Sketches (Mary Mageau) (17-20)
    17  High Street
    18  Rendevous
    19  It's Raining
    20  Homeward
    Four Pieces (Mary Mageau) (21-24)
    21  Moonlight Reflected on Water
    22  Brasillia
    23  Berceuse
    24  Toccatina
    25  Lament for Kosovo (Betty Beath)
    Encounters (Betty Beath) (26-29)
    26  Jasmine and the Perfumes of Night
    27  With a Whirlwind
    28  Let's Dance
    29  A Loving Embrace