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Aulos Australis

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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Esther Rofe (1904-2000)

Meta Overman (1907-1993)

Marjorie Hesse (1911-1986)

Josephine Bell (1912-2006)

Peggy Glanville-Hicks (1912-1990)

Miriam Hyde (1913-2005)

Dulcie Holland (1913-2000)

Phyllis Batchelor (1915-1999)

ISMN 9790720166940

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Collected Songs, Vol. I (Batchelor)

By Phyllis Batchelor

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High voice and piano.
  • 1. The Wind (Gordon Bottomley)
  • 2. I dare not ask a kiss (Robert Herrick)
  • 3. Love is a sickness (Samuel Daniel)
  • 4. Jacaranda tree (Mary O'Neill)
Edited by David Wickham for the Australian Heritage Series.

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ISMN 9790720209036

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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

Isaiah 55

By Phyllis Batchelor

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Soprano solo and women's voices.

Edited by David Wickham for the Australian Heritage Series.
Composed 1979

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ISMN 9790720171661
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Lyrics from the Chinese

By Phyllis Batchelor

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Voice, flute and piano.
Eight settings of ancient lyrics, collected and translated by Helen Waddell.

Edited by David Wickham for the Australian Heritage Series.

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 ISMN 9790720209043

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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)