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By Jeanell Carrigan, James Kortum

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James Kortum (flute) and Jeanell Carrigan (piano)

 

Sonatas for Flute and Piano by Australian Women

"The flute is an instrument blessed with an expressiveness all its own. Lustrous and penetrating, tender and lyrical, charming and sensual, its hues would put a chameleon to shame."  (Rhein, 1963)

The above quote has been taken from a review John von Rhein wrote about the well-known flute virtuoso Donald Peck who was, for some time, the teacher of James Kortum. It expresses the many wonderful qualities of the flute as an instrument, capable of a variety of sounds, an instrument capable of adjusting its basic colour characteristics to suit the style of the works that are being performed. The five flute sonatas on this recording are all quite different in style and employ different timbres with only these two aspects in common – they are all written by an Australian composer who was also a woman. The sonatas by Miriam Hyde and Phyllis Batchelor have already joined the stream of traditional flute repertoire but the two sonatas by Meta Overman and the solo flute sonata by Margery Smith, written especially for the virtuosity of James Kortum are recorded here for the first time.
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Sonata 1 for Flute and Piano
(Meta Overman)
1   Allegro moderato
2   Variations - Allegretto non troppo
3   Andante sostenuto
4   Vivo e risoluto
Sonata for Flute and Piano
(Miriam Hyde)
5   Allegro giocoso
6   Andante pastorale
7  Allegro con spirit
Sonata for Flute and Piano
(Phyllis Batchelor)
8   Molto allegro
9   Adagio
10 Vivace
Sonata 2 for Flute and Piano
(Meta Overman)
11  Allegro energico
12  Poco lento, delicate
13 Allegro animato
Sonata for Flute (Margery Smith)
14  1.  Elegy
15  2.  Incisive
16  3.  Black abyss
17  4.  Breathless

Australian Heritage Collection Volume III

By Jeanell Carrigan

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Piano music by Australian Women Composers

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.  

Nostalgia


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Collected Songs (Overman)

By Meta Overman

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Collected Songs - 1932-1956, Medium to High voice and piano

  • Zes Kleengedichtjes – Six Little Poems (translation)  MED/HIGH, c.2:50      
  • Four Flower Songs    MED, c.2:00
  • Galgenlieder (translation) HIGH, c.6:50              
  • Island Songs    HIGH, c.6:50        
  • Kerstnach – Christmas Eve (translation)   MED, c.2:15    
  • Morning prayer  HIGH, c.1:35    
  • Two Songs (translation) HIGH, c.2:50
Researched and edited by David Wickham

Editorial from the Journal of Music, University of Adelaide, by David Wickham


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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


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Concerto for Piano and Orchestra for Two Pianos

By Meta Overman

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Three movements for two pianos arranged from the orchestral version, c.25'00

In 1942 Overman wrote the piano concerto which was performed at the time by the Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestra and Marinus Flipse as piano soloist. Unfortunately, due to the war and the occupation of Rotterdam by the Nazis the orchestral parts, including the piano part, were lost and all that has been available since was a handwritten full score that had been retained in the Overman archives in the Music Library at UWA.
The work is in three movements and is written at times like a duet in that the piano is one instrument and the orchestra, as a whole, is the other and the two alternate with the main melodic and harmonic motives.  

The manuscripts have been researched and edited by Jeanell Carrigan, 2020. The work has been recorded by Jeanell Carrigan and Tonya Lemoh and a CD is included with the two scores.

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Concerto per Pianoforte e Orchestra

By Meta Overman

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Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in three movements, c.25'00

In 1942 Overman wrote the piano concerto which was performed at the time by the Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestra and Marinus Flipse as piano soloist. Unfortunately, due to the war and the occupation of Rotterdam by the Nazis the orchestral parts, including the piano part, were lost and all that has been available since was a handwritten full score that had been retained in the Overman archives in the Music Library at UWA.
The work is in three movements and is written at times like a duet in that the piano is one instrument and the orchestra, as a whole, is the other and the two alternate with the main melodic and harmonic motives.  

The manuscripts have been researched and edited by Jeanell Carrigan, 2020.

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Grotesque - CD

By Meta Overman

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An Operina and other chamber music by Meta Overman.

The Music of Meta Overman is innovative, individual, sometimes humorous, expressing amazing creativity and powered by strong visual imagery. The desire to express imagery in sound was obvious from an early age when the young Meta would place picture books on the piano and attempt to play what she could see. Her musical language transforms images into musical concepts and sounds and this intention is evident in all her compositions.

Grotesque is a tragic comedy with quite an absurd plot involving an old man – the character played by the clarinettist, a young girl, sung by the soprano and a ghost whose antics are created by the sounds of the piano. Its structure is theme and variations as in the original version for piano four hands and the plot is described by a narrator. It is a little questionable whether in a performance that is staged the narrator is really necessary. In fact there is no mention of a narrator on the original score though when recording the work a narrator could be deemed necessary to outline the antics of the characters who cannot be seen. In a staged version the characters create the images and the “narration” on the score can be viewed as merely stage directions. The dancer would therefore act out the antics of the ghost and the instrumentalists would become the characters described by the stage directions.  

Goetz Richter AM narrator; Narelle Yeo soprano; Charlotte Fetherston viola; Susan Newsome clarinet; Tonya Lemoh piano; Jeanell Carrigan piano

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[1] Grotesque - An Operina in one act.
[2-4] Sonata for Viola and Piano
   Maestoso non troppo lento
   Monto tranquillo
   Allegro assai
[5-6] Two Pieces for Two Pianos
   De Kade (The Quay)
   De Stenen Leeuw (The Stone Lion)
[7-11] Galgenlieder (Gallow Songs) - poetry by Christian Morgenstern
   Das Gebet (The Prayer)
   Der Schaukelstuhl (The Rocking Stool)

   Der Tanz (The Dance)
   Der Seufzer (The Sigh)
   Galgenberg (Gallow Hill)
[12-14] Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
   Allegro con moto
   Lento intensive
   Theme and Variations - Allegro
[15-17] Island Songs - words by John Joseph Jones
   Deep, Deep Blue Water
   Farewell
   Lullaby
[18] Berceuse for two pianos
[19] Pegasus' Dance for two pianos

Grotesque - Operina

By Meta Overman

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A one act operina (very small opera) for soprano, clarinet (or flute), four hands piano and dancer. 

The score also includes a CD of the chamber works and a DVD of the first performance held at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on 2nd April 2019 (also linked here).

Grotesque
is a tragic comedy with quite an absurd plot involving an old man – the character played by the clarinettist, a young girl, sung by the soprano and a ghost whose antics are created by the sounds of the piano. Its structure is theme and variations as in the original version for piano four hands and the plot is described by a narrator. It is a little questionable whether in a performance that is staged the narrator is really necessary. In fact there is no mention of a narrator on the original score though when recording the work a narrator could be deemed necessary to outline the antics of the characters who cannot be seen. In a staged version the characters create the images and the “narration” on the score can be viewed as merely stage directions. The dancer would therefore act out the antics of the ghost and the instrumentalists would become the characters described by the stage directions.   Composed 1951 rev. 1961
Edited by Jeanell Carrigan

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[The performers were: Goetz Richter (narrator), Narelle Yeo (soprano), Katherine Howarth (clarinet), Jeanell Carrigan (piano), Tonya Lemoh (piano), Ines Paxton (girl, ghost), Andrew Knight (old man), Filmed by Connor Malanos.]


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Inde soete suikerbol

By Meta Overman

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Of the sweet sugarbun

14 pieces for children's music theatre. Translation of the work
Composed c.1923. 

Researched and edited by David Wickham
Editorial from the Journal of Music, University of Adelaide by David Wickham

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Nostalgia

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)

Piano Music of Meta Overman, The

By Jeanell Carrigan

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Jeanell Carrigan (piano)
Described as Koningin van de Klankkleur en Fantasie [Queen of tone colour and fantasy], Dutch born composer, Meta Overman (1907-1993) spent most of her adult life in Perth, Western Australia. Her musical output was extensive and captured here on this CD is much of her piano works.  The composer from an early age had the ability to transform pictures into sounds and this is evident in all her compositions.  Jeanell Carrigan spent many months researching her piano works which resulted in four volumes scripted from Overman's manuscripts, and each with their own CD recording, and this stand-alone disc.  The four volumes of scores are available online.
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Sonata 1 (1939) (1-4)
1  Allegro ma non troppo vivo
2   Scherzando
3  Andante con Variatone  
4  Allegro
5  Sonatina (1940)
Three Impressions (6-8)
6  Schutterhof (Court of the Guard) (1941)
7  De Koperen Ko (The Street Jester) (1941)
8  Stad in Opbouw (The Reconstructed City) (1942)
9  Variations on a Baltic Folksong  (1941) 
10 Dance of the Char Woman (1943)
11 Ritsel (Rattle) (1943)
12 De Nar (The Jester) (1946)
Three "Luchtige" (Light Hearted) Dances (1946) (13-15)
13 Visschersmeisje (Fisher Girl)
14 Matrozendans (Sailor's Dance)
15 En Toen ... (And Then...)
Sonata II (1953) (16-18)
16 Allegro, poco maestosco
17 Andante  
18 Allegro giocoso
19 Charivari Variations (1954)
20 Lullaby (1955)
The Nature's Suite (1955) (21-24)
21 Earth - 22 Fire - 23 Water - 24 Air
Three Dances (1955) (25-27)
25 Allegro  - 26 Poco Lento 
27 Vivo e Risoulto

  

Piano Music of Meta Overman, The - Volume I

By Meta Overman

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"The Sonatas" -  the first of four volumes of piano music by this composer.  Each volume includes a recording of the works.  The manuscripts have been researched, edited and performed by Jeanell Carrigan.

Sonata I (1939) in four movements; Sonatina (1940);  Sonata II (1953) in three movements. Suggested level of difficulty - Diploma

CD of 27 of The Piano Music of Meta Overman is available online.

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Sonata II (1953)
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