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Composers' Series, The - Volume 9 Piano Solos (Evans)

By Lindley Evans

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Lindley Evans (1895-1982)

16 piano solos, composed between  1927 and 1967.  The hard copy volume includes a CD of these works.

Pianist, composer, conductor, organist, chorister, lecturer, and examiner Lindley Evans was the modern-day renaissance man who made a huge contribution to musical society in Australia during the twentieth century. Born in South Africa his family migrated to Australia when he was fifteen. He felt his own youth and inexperience was a disadvantage and so sought lessons to improve his expertise with Frank Hutchens at the New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music. One thing led to another and Lindley was soon offered many more musical opportunities amongst them adjudicating various competitions, teaching a music appreciation class at the Presbyterian Ladies College in Croydon, conducting choirs as well as a great deal of accompaniment work. By 1921 Evans was a member of the piano staff at the NSW Conservatorium. 

After a very successful recital with flautist John Lemmoné Evans was asked to accompany Dame Nellie Melba and so developed a strong partnership that lasted many years.

His piano works are not numerous, and it appears that composition was just another activity that Evans was able to undertake with ease, having had no formal composition lessons.

All of the works are very tonal, mostly in ternary form and Evans favours those keys in ‘flat ‘tonalities. (Db major being commonly used.) The works were mostly written in the 1930s and 40s with only two exceptions – Holidays in Australia, 1963, and Il Cielo Sereno, 1967.

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 9:  Lindley Evans

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As part of 'The Composer's Series' many of these works have been recorded by Jeanell Carrigan on a CDs:  Sea Impressions (Wirr108); Forest Magic (Wirr109)

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

Wirr 109

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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


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.

Wirr 108

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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


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

Lindley Evans
Frank Hutchens
Linda Phillips
Esther Rofe
Meta Overman