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A Musical Missionary: The Life and Music of Dulcie Holland

By Rita Crews and Jeanell Carrigan

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Biography of Dulcie Holland co-authored by Rita Crews OAM and Jeanell Carrigan AM

This wonderful Australian woman composer deserved to have her life and music celebrated much earlier, not twenty years after her death. But now it is been written by two musicians: one who knew Holland and had the opportunity to discuss her music with her; and one who has come to know Dulcie Holland from playing many of her remarkable compositions. Fortunately, there are detailed interviews available, giving a very good insight into Holland’s thought processes and providing an absolute wealth of information​.

Holland was such a modest woman that she probably would have thought her music - and her life - was not worth writing about. She was always described as having an engaging and outgoing personality. She considered herself to be first a pianist, then a composer and thirdly a teacher, but composed music well into her eighties.
Her compositions, numbering at least 330, included music in all genres except opera, though her musical play Jenolan Adventure, was certainly a work of drama for the stage. Documentary films, chamber music, works for orchestra, instrumental solos, many keyboard works and at least thirty songs are all part of her immense contribution to Australian composition.

She is undoubtedly best known for the numerous musicianship and theory textbooks that she wrote over many years. Even the catalogue listing at the National Library mentions that “Holland’s name became synonymous with music theory in Australia.” Despite the obvious advantages of being the Australian expert on music theory, it has meant that Holland herself and some of her more serious compositions have been overlooked by musical critics.

It is a tragedy that a biography and discussion about Holland’s music has taken until now to be written. She is certainly a composer who deserves to be celebrated. In her own words:

But after many years of writing music, simply because I had the urge to do so, I have reached the strong conclusion that music is greater than the sum of all those who contribute to it, and that instead of adding to the volume of music that has been composed, it would be much more valuable to make new converts for music, to share my enthusiasm for it with those possibly as yet unaware, and to stimulate them to find out more of its mysteries and delights. I have had first-hand opportunities to observe how young people develop, how their tastes may be formed, and their imagination fired, and ultimately how their lives can be enriched by a knowledge and love of music. To encourage others along these lines has become my mission in life, and I dare to hope that my influence for good may continue long after my earthly life ends, thus adding significantly to the quality of life in at least one small part of this world.

Composing is very difficult. It needs a lot of concentration and dedication to get things just right. I feel I’m a missionary in music in a way. [Dulcie Holland. 'Contemporary Music Review', 1994, Vol. 11]

 https://youtu.be/9WpdT2cehzA  Presented by Dr Rita Crews for KCC Music Professional Development

ISBN 9781876829643

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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Ada Maud Fitz-Stubbs (1861-1949)

Mona McBurney (1862-1932)

Florence Donaldson Ewart (1864-1949)

Mary Bowden (1868-1950)

(Annie) May Summerbelle (1867-1949)

    Esther Kahn (1877-1962)

    Una Bourne (1882-1974)

    May Brahe (1885-1956)

    Katherine (Kitty) Parker (Eisdell) (1886-1971)

    ISMN 9790720166926

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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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    Mirrie Hill (Solomon) (1889-1986)

    Elsa Marshall Hall (1891-1980)

    Edith Harrhy (1893-1969)

    Iris De Cairos Rego (1894-1987)

    Margaret Sutherland (1897-1984)

    • Dithyramb - A ballet (transcribed for the piano)

    Linda Phillips (1899-2002)

    Nellie Cuddigan (b. ca. 1901)

    Vera Buck (1903-1986)

    ISMN 9790720166933

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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.   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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    Australian Piano Music 1850-1950

    By Jeanell Carrigan

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      A Guide to the Composers and Repertoire

    This book aims to give an overview of the piano music and those composers who called Australia home, in the 100 years 1850-1950.

    The composers who wrote the music are presented alphabetically by surname, discussing pertinent biographical details, influences on their style and their contribution to music generally and piano music specifically. Each work listed will give a date composed; date published (if either of those facts are to be discovered); duration (approximate); difficulty grading; provenance of the score; availability of any recordings and a brief description of stylistic characteristics. In some cases, there is a reference to the composition but if no score could be found for discussion or grading there will be ‘NS’ placed in the record.

    If a picture tells a thousand words, then a sound recording does even more than that. This book could fill its pages with descriptions of style and individual characteristics of composers but by adding sound files (sample recordings) wherever possible it is hoped that there will be a greater insight into each composers’ musical language and most importantly, a good idea of what the music sounds like.

    The book is available in two versions: 

    1.  Hard copy with QR codes of sample recordings scattered throughout.  Using a smart phone these codes can be scanned so as to listen to the recordings.
    ISBN 97818768294745.  Use "Add to Cart" above - $55.00.

    2.  Digital download with more than 250 sample recordings digitally linked to most composers' works. Online (internet) accesses is required in order to link to the recordings.
    ISBN 97818768294780 
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    Bourrée

    By Linda Phillips

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    Flute and piano, c.5'00.  Intermediate grade (7th)

    This delightful work has not been previously published, and the manuscript contained no composition date. It is in neo classical style, in ternary form where the ‘A’ section returns with a shortened version of the same material and is a work where the piano and flute work as a duo

    Edited and recorded by Jeanell Carrigan

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     ISMN9790673141421

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    Breaking the Drought (Book)

    By Roy Agnew

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     Biography of Roy Agnew: Composer, Pianist, Teacher

    by Rita Crews and Jeanell Carrigan

    Foreword by Emeritus Prof. Larry Sitsky AO

     AVAILABLE AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2022

    Robert (Roy) Ewing Agnew (1891-1944) was a man who dominated the musical scene in Sydney in the first half of the 20th century and his creative talent was admired and recognised by fellow musicians in Australia and abroad. He is remembered as a brilliant, virtuosic, and flamboyant performer who graced the musical stage in England and Australia, and as an important and influential teacher in the private sphere of his home in Ashfield; for many years at Kambala School for Girls and in the last year of his life as a staff member at the NSW Conservatorium of Music. He was celebrated as a composer of great originality who was led to “abandon the limitations of key and tonal relationships.”

    This book aims to ‘break the drought’ of apathy towards a composer who bridged the gap that many had not dared before between the compositional trend of the conservative ‘English pastoral style’ and the modern language of Europe. Agnew dared to be scandalous!

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     ISBN 978 1 876829 84 1

    Bush Evening

    By Linda Phillips

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    Violin and piano, c.6'00.  Grade: Advanced (8th)

    This delightful work for violin and piano has never been published and on the manuscript, there was no composition date. It belongs to the atmospheric style of works favoured by Phillips in many of her songs. The work is in ternary form and characterised by an interplay of melodies between the two instruments.

    Edited and recorded by Jeanell Carrigan

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     ISMN97906731476

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    Composers' Series, The - Volume 1(a) Piano Solos (de Cairos-Rego)

    By Iris de Cairos-Rego

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    Iris de Cairos-Rego (1894-1987)

    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.

    More comprehensive biographical notes are within the volume.

    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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    Audio samples and YouTube links

    ISMN 9790720214446
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    As part of 'The Composer's Series' many of these works have been recorded by Jeanell Carrigan on a CDs: Nostalgia (Wirr080); Reverie (Wirr 106; Forest Magic (Wirr109)

    Composers' Series, The - Volume 1(b) Piano Duets (de Cairos-Rego)

    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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    Researched and edited by Jeanell Carrigan

    Volume I(b) - Iris de Cairos-Rego


    ISMN 9790720214542
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    Composers' Series, The - Volume 1(c) Chamber Music (de Cairos-Rego)

    By Iris De Cairos-Rego

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    Iris de Cairos-Rego

    Three Chamber works for violins, cello and piano.

    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

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      Researched, edited and recorded by Jeanell Carrigan

      Volume I(c) - Iris de Cairos-Rego

      ISMN 9790720214719
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      Composers' Series, The - Volume 10(a) Piano Solos (Hill)

      By Mirrie Hill

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      Mirrie Hill (1889-1986)

      27 piano solos, composed between  1909 and 1973.  The hard copy volume includes a CD of these works.

      Mirrie Hill contributed greatly to Australian music as a pianist, composer, teacher, and examiner. In her 76 years as a composer Mirrie wrote approximately 554 compositions many of which were published. 

      In her immense output of piano music there are several works that stand out as providing a good indication of her style. Although the title ‘miniaturist’ is seen by some as derogatory it is one often applied to Robert Schumann as well as many other notable composers. It can be argued that Schumann’s best and most successful works are those short movements in his larger collections of piano works.

      In this volume there are many previously unpublished works as well as those composed quite early in her life when she would have been able to perform the works herself.

      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 10:  Mirrie Hill

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            (Works not available on YouTube have been recorded on CDs of Reverie, Sea Impressions, Nostalgia, and Forest Magic, available online)

            ISMN 9790720231839
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            As part of 'The Composer's Series' many of these works have been recorded by Jeanell Carrigan on a CDs: Nostalgia (Wirr080); Reverie (Wirr 106); Forest Magic (Wirr109)