By Brennan Keats
Sonata for flute, cello and piano, c.5'30
Composed by Russell Keats for his friend, Gordon Watson, 1936. Edited by Brennan Keats 2020.
This is the only surviving work of my brother Russell, the others lie with him at about 2000 feet in the ocean depths off Savo Island in his ship HMAS Canberra (1). At the insistence of our mother he took his music on what was to become Canberra’s final departure from Sydney Harbour.
As students of the Conservatorium of NSW (now Sydney Conservatorium of Music) both Russell and Gordon Watson fell under the spell of Raymond Hanson.
This work reflects the times in China during 1, the date of its’ composition. Civil war prevailed between the government of the Republic of China and The Chinese Communist Party. To the writer there is a sense of foreboding in the music with an ostinato piano line almost unchanging throughout the entire work. There may also have been murmurings of Japan’s invasion of China in the year to follow that have crept into the work.
By Iris De Cairos-Rego
Iris de Cairos-Rego
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
Researched, edited and recorded by Jeanell Carrigan
Volume I(c) - Iris de Cairos-Rego
By Peter Mcnamara
Voice and chamber orchestra
De Rerum Natura is a 6-part song cycle setting portions of Titus Lucretius Carus’ same-titled 6-volume ancient Latin literary work, completed in c. 50-5 BCE. De Rerum Natura can be translated as The Nature of Things, and is a sophisticated didactic text explaining the world around us, consisting of poetry, prose and scientific theory of the antiquity. Lucretius outlines the flaws as he sees them in ancient religion, that the souls of men are mortal and the world made up of infinite fine particles, using a similar text written 200 years previous by ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus (341-270 BCE) as a model. The text is pronounced according to the principles of classical pronunciation, which is how linguists believe that Latin was spoken in ancient Rome.
The six movements of De Rerum Natura, are divided into two related groups of three movements (1, 2, 3 and 4, 5, 6). The first song has a very flowing character while the second is much more rhythmically driven and tense. The fourth song is related to the first harmonically, but with the tense and rhythmically driven character of the second. The fifth song meanwhile is related to the second harmonically, but with the flowing character of the first. The third and sixth songs are also closely related by way of their rhythmically free and semi-improvised character, creating two related yet contrasting overall divisions of the song cycle.
By Brennan Keats
For chamber ensemble, flute, clarinets and cello, c.3'40
This miniature chamber work illustrates an imagined meeting between these two large creatures whose normal habitats are the extremities of our globe. Out of this exchange flows the concept of melody.
By Horace Keats
By Horace Keats
Words by Kenneth MacKenzie