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Australian Heritage Collection Volume I

By Jeanell Carrigan

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Piano music by Australian Women Composers 
There were many examples in the early part of the twentieth century in Australia of women who were exceptional pianists and who also wrote a great number of piano works. Many of these women were labelled child prodigies and obviously showed enormous potential and musical ability. These women performed as soloists and accompanists and contributed hugely to the musical and cultural life in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. They also left a large collection of compositions written for the solo keyboard.

To produce these three volumes within this Collection, Dr Jeanell Carrigan has researched and edited almost 50 works of Australian women composers, most of which have never been published. Each volume is accompanied by a CD of its works recorded by Jeanell. and biographical notes on each composer. All the composers were born between 1862 and 1915.  Many of them lived for the whole of the twentieth century, and in that time experienced many changes in the way music was composed, thought about  written about and performed.  Of course, they experienced many difficulties.  To be a composer in Australia during this period was a difficult enough, and to be a woman, was short of impossible!

The composers in this volume:  

Ada Maud Fitz-Stubbs (1861-1949); Mona McBurney (1862-1932); Florence Donaldson Ewart (1864-1949); Mary Bowden (1868-1950); (Annie) May Summerbelle (1868-1949); Esther Khan (1877-1962); Una Bounre (1882-1974); May Brahe (1855-1956) and Katherine (Kitty) Parker (1886-1971)

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

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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 (b.ca. 1901); Vera Buck (1903-1986)

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

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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

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Composers' Series, The - Volume 2(a) Piano Solos

By Marjorie Hesse

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Marjorie Hessie

13 piano solos from 1932 to 1966 are represented in this collection and includes  biographical notes about the composer, editorial and performance notes about each piano composition, the scores and a recording by Jeanell Carrigan of all works in the hard copy.

Hesse’s compositional output almost completely consists of piano compositions which are mostly pedagogical works written for juveniles. Many of these were utilised by the AMEB and were almost all published.Original publishers included Augener, Allans, Leeds, Palings and Nicholson’s. Hesse being an experienced teacher knew which elements to exploit in her compositions to instruct students in the best technical methods.

Researched and edited by Jeanell Carrigan

Volume 2(a): Marjorie Hesse

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Composers' Series, The - Volume 2(b) Educational Piano Works

By Marjorie Hesse

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Marjorie Hessie

41 pieces for solo piano  are represented in this collection and includes  biographical notes about the composer, editorial and performance notes about each piano composition and the scores.

Marjorie Hesse was a performer, but like many performers earned the bulk of her income from teaching, and later examining, piano students. The bulk of her compositions are for students – mainly those she taught herself - and those works are dedicated to individuals by name. She wrote for students of different levels of attainment and her works all had a pedagogical focus. The focus was sometimes a technical one but often was aimed at increasing musical or tonal awareness. The works in this volume have been ordered by difficulty level beginning with the very basic works for piano.

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Volume 2(b): Marjorie Hesse

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Composers' Series, The - Volume 2(c) Piano Duets

By Marjorie Hesse

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Marjorie Hessie

5 pieces for piano duets are represented in this collection and includes  biographical notes about the composer, editorial and performance notes about each piano composition and the scores

Researched and edited by Jeanell Carrigan

Volume 2(a): Marjorie Hesse

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Composers' Series, The - Volume 4 Piano Solos

By Una Bournne

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Una Bourne

23 piano solos from 1897 (aged 5 years) to 1927 are represented in this collection and includes  biographical notes about the composer, editorial and performance notes about each piano composition, the scores and a recording by Jeanell Carrigan of all works in the hard copy.

Una Bourne’s compositions are almost entirely for piano. Most of the works were published but there are several unpublished works held in archives by the State Library of Victoria. These include compositions transcribed by her elder sister Margaret, suggested by Una Bourne when she was five years old and are six small airs, all in C major, which appear, despite the different time signatures, like variations on each other. The six Airs appear in this publication exactly as transcribed by Margaret Bourne with no editing or dynamics added by this editor. Other works in the archives are also three songs: The War March (Fight for our Motherland); Anxiety to which she wrote both words and music and A Cloudless Night (song) words and music by Una Bourne (1922).

Unpublished piano solos also found in the archives include three more difficult works:
Valse Lente (unpublished)
Menuet (unpublished)
Papillons (unpublished)

Researched and edited by Jeanell Carrigan

Volume 4: Una Bourne

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Composers' Series, The - Volume I(a) Piano Solos

By Iris de Cairos-Rego

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Iris de Cairos-Rego

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.

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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Composers' Series, The - Volume I(b) Piano Duets

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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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.

Researched and edited by Jeanell Carrigan

Volume I(b) - Iris de Cairos-Rego


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Composers' Series, The - Volume I(c) Chamber Music

By Iris De Cairos-Rego

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Iris de Cairos-Rego

String Trio for violins and cello.  Composed 1912-1959

  • Folk Dance, c.2'00
  • The Old Stone Bridge, c.2'25
  • Trio in A Minor, c.26'00

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    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.

    Researched and edited by Jeanell Carrigan

    Volume I(c) - Iris de Cairos-Rego

    ISMN 9790720214719
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    Composers' Series, The - Volume III(a) Piano Solos

    By Kitty Parker

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    Katharine "Kitty" Parker

    7 piano solos composed between 1925 and 1936).

    The compositions for piano number only seven works. There are the Four Musical SketchesA Patchwork of Shadows, Down Longford Way, The Red Admiral and One Summer Day, of which Down Longford Way has been the most successful; A Water Colour and Nocturne, published in 1925;[ and the Arc-en-Ciel, otherwise known as a ballet waltz for piano.  Arc-en-ciel would lend itself very well to being orchestrated, as it is a work with dense harmony and several waltz sections, while Nocturne and A Water Colour are exquisite examples of piano writing of the 1920s. Nocturne is similar in style to that of John Field or Fauré and explores the timbre and colour of the piano wonderfully.

    The piano works are absolutely exquisite to play. All use chromatic, late romantic harmony and are technically and musically demanding. They are delightful sketches which create visual images of the titles and can be used to develop sensitivity and tonal awareness.

    This volume  contains biographical notes about the composer, editorial and performance notes about each piano composition, the scores and recordings.
    Included is a recording by Jeanell Carrigan of all works in the hard copy volume.

    Researched and edited by Jeanell Carrigan

    Volume 3 - Kitty Parker

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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