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Anthology of Australian Art Song for Low Voice, The - Vol. 1

By Various Composers

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An  anthology of 21 newly commissioned Australian art songs by eight composers for low voices, composed to address the paucity of repertoire especially for alto, contralto and bass.  

Vol. One comprises 10 songs - three songs and one song cycle - for mezzo- soprano, low mezzo-soprano and mezzo-contralto, composed by Houston Dunleavy, Clare Maclean, May Howlett and Larry Sitsky, with works edited and with pedagogical material for the singer and singing teacher by Cathy Aggett.  Vol. Two contains songs written for the contralto and bass by composers John Wayne Dixon, Paul Paviour, Diana Blom and Gordon Kerry.  

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Anthology of Australian Art Song for Low Voice, The - Vol. 2

By Various Composers

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An anthology of 21 newly commissioned Australian art songs for low voices, composed to address the paucity of repertoire especially for alto, contralto and bass.  

Vol. Two comprises 10 songs - 4 songs and two song cycles - for contralto and bass by composers John Wayne Dixon, Paul Paviour, Diana Blom and Gordon Kerry, with works edited and with pedagogical material for the singer and singing teacher by Cathy Aggett.  Vol. One comprises songs for mezzo-soprano, low mezzo-soprano and mezzo-contralto, composed by Houston Dunleavy, Clare Maclean, May Howlett and Larry Sitsky.

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Selected Australian Songs (ANZCA)

By Australian Composers

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18 songs listed on the ANZCA Singing Syllabus 2009-2010. Grades 4-8. 

1. The Little Birdling in the Tree (Horace Keats) c.1'50
2. Museum Garden (Ann Carr-Boyd) c.5'0
3. Natures Changes (John Wayne Dixon) c.2'35
4. Lullaby (Miriam Hyde) C. 0'50
5. Bush Cradle Song (Horace Keats) c.1'10
6. The Garden of Death (Horace Keats) c.1'19
7. Squiggly Brush Strokes (Ann Carr-Boyd) c.4'0
8. The Lotus Pool (Miriam Hyde) c.1'10
9. My Dark-Eyed Acushla (Horace Keats) c.3'0
10. Italian Landscape (Ann Carr-Boyd) c.5'0
11. First Person Feminine ii or iii (Ian Cooper) c.1'25
13. Before the Spring (Miriam Hyde) c.1'10
14. The Trouble with Geraniumns (Stephen Yates) c.1'43
15. Sparrow (Betty Beath) c.1'20
16. The Wind in the Sedges (Miriam Hyde) c.1'35
17. Love Song (R J Stove) c. 2'25
18. Four Epigrams iv (Stephen Yates) c.2'50

For more details on these songs, including audio samples see individual titles.

 ISMN M720072272

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Selected Australian Songs (TCL)

By Australian Composers

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18 Songs as listed on the Trinity College Singing Syllabus from 2005 to 2010.

1 Lullaby (Stove), c.3'34
2 An Angry Cactus Does No Good (Yates), c.1'50
3 The Trouble with Geraniums (Yates), c.1'44
4 Dreams at Eventide (Keats), c.2'49
5 My Dark-eyed Acushla (Keats), c.3'22
6 I Will Build my House in the Water (Keats), c.1'39
7 The Lamb (Keats), c.3'48
8 Love's Secret (Keats), c.2'12
9 Plucking the Rushes (Keats), c.2'35
10 Love Song (Stove), c.2'26
11 Epigram I (Yates), c.2'41
12 Epigram II (Yates), c.1'38
13 Epigram III (Yates), c.1'38
14 Epigram IV (Yates), c.2'49
15 Nature's Changes (Dixon), c.2'32
16 Columbine (Keats), c.2'04
17 Sea Wraith (Keats), c.3'10
18 Evening (Dixon), c.3'02

For more details on these songs, including audio samples see individually listed songs or "Songs From Australia" on this website.

ISMN M720065380

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Songs from Australia

By Miller, Dixon, Aggett, Foulsham

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By David Miller, Wendy Dixon, Cathy Aggett, Linda Foulsham.
Songs from Australia has been written as a resource for performers, teachers and students to assist in the development of individual interpretation and performance skills.  Pedagogical, musical and performance ideas are discussed for 27 Australian songs.  Each entry includes information on the following: textual analysis, performance and vocal techniques, musical concepts, piano accompaniment, phonetics, range and tessitura, pronunciation guide for diction, composition details, composer biography and available recordings and details teaching outcomes.  A CD of MIDI accompaniment for each song is included.  A glossary provides musical definitions and general explanations.  Songs from Australia approaches each song as an entity.  The interpretative and technical information provided for each song is offered to assist the teacher and student to build a successful performance.  

The Songs from Australia authors believe that a singer cannot perform a song without a thorough understanding of the original poem; this philosophy has been their impetus.  For this reason, the book provides the Textual Analysis before exploring how the composer has set the text.  (The poems have been presented and vocabulary assistance has been included where deemed (necessary).
Performance Techniques have been included to encourage individual interpretation.  They consider vocal technique, diction, phonetics, style, textual and musical information, pedagogy and exercises.  The exercises provided are specific to the song; however, most have a wider application and will be of assistance in different song settings.  (The Appendix lists such alternative uses.)  The section, Musical Concepts, discusses melody, harmony, tonality, duration and form, (tempo has been considered in the body of the text when it has a direct impact on interpretation).  

Songs from Australia is in no way the definitive text; it is anticipated that it will be used as a spring-board for further interpretation and analysis.  In their own way, each of the four co-authors have been researching Australian songs; the Trinity College London Singing Syllabus for 2005  was the catalyst for this collaboration. 
The selection and grading of songs follows the new Australian component of the 2005 and 2009 Trinity Syllabus.  AMEB grading is indicated where appropriate.  The Trinity Syllabus Australian selection is comprised mainly of art songs.   The art song is characterized by the close relationship of text and music; a song exists because the composer has an emotional reaction to a text.  In Songs from Australia, Horace Keats chose the exquisite words of the poet Blake; Carl Vine was inspired by Elizabeth Barrett Browning; Ester Rofe could not disregard the tragic plea of the contemporary Australian poet, Tom Rothfield, and in stark contrast, Mervyn Peake’s witty observations of humanity captivated Stephen Yates.  The folk songs, such as Moreton Bay and Waltzing Matilda, evolved from the story-telling tradition and are in a genre of their own. 

This is the first time that a book and accompanying MIDI file of this nature has been published on Australian songs.  Studio singing teachers, school music teachers, performers and anyone interested in Australian song will appreciate this new concept. Each of the 27 songs  has been recorded on CD by soprano Wendy Dixon and pianist David Miller and is also titled Songs from Australia and is available online.

A computer generated accompaniment CD included for all songs.

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ISMN M720041988  ISBN 1876829095

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Voice of Australia (Medium to High)

By Miller, Dixon, Foulsham

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Medium to High voice and piano.  

Songs by 12 Australian composers
demonstrates the unique relationship between poet, composer, singer and pianist in the genre of art song.

Voice of Australia is an expression of art song and the unique relationship between poet, composer, singer and pianist which this genre exemplifies. A composer’s choice of text is neither arbitrary nor insignificant. It is the text that inspires the composer to translate words into music. The responsibility of performers is to discover the composer's intention and to share this with the audience. 

Voice of Australia aims to provide an understanding of the fine balance between text, keyboard accompaniment and voice for each song. Singers have the advantage of using text as an expressive tool, but this advantage can only be fully realised by a shared understanding with the pianist. Performance of a well crafted art song demands textual understanding by both performers, as well as an appreciation of the intricacies of each others’ music. 
To assist performers and teachers the authors have proposed Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced levels to equate with standard examination grades from 1st to 4th, 5th to 8th, and Associate level and above. 
Composers chosen for this book epitomise the quintessential Australian voice. The Australian voice embodies many cultures and has been shaped by many influences. The various voices within our multi-cultural society have found expression in a wide range of musical styles. The authors have attempted to encompass this diversity in our book. 

Backing tracks and vocal CD is included (performed by Wendy Dixon soprano, Tim Collins baritone, David Miller piano).

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ISMN M720041988, ISBN 9781876829117 

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Voice of Australia (Medium to Low)

By Miller, Dixon, Foulsham

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Medium to Low voice and piano.  

See listing above Voice of Australia - Medium to High for details.
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ISMN720072302, ISBN 9781876829133 

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Voice of Australia, Volume II (High)

By Miller, Dixon

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High voice and piano.  
Songs by 13 Australian composers. 

Demonstrating the unique relationship between poet, composer, singer and pianist in the genre of art song
"Ideally, contemporary Australian Art Song speaks to Australians in a language with which they can readily identify.  As surely as the creative spirit inspires our poets and composers, an essence of their lives enters into our artistic lexicon and by this we are all enriched.  In this resource songs we are sharing with you that have enriched our lives through their music and their poetry.
After the considerable success of Voice of Australia Volume 1,we were emboldened to continue the adventure with a second volume.  Once again we offer aids to teachers, singers and pianists in the hope that this will encourage you all to include these songs as part of your repertoire.  We hope this spirit of exploration will serve as an inspiration for you to also investigate the huge wealth of Australian Art Song still to be discovered.
Our choices of songs for this book are highly idiosyncratic of course.  However our guiding criterion was that all the composers represented had written or are in the process of writing a sizeable output for voice and piano.
We have also attempted to represent a variety of tonal and melodic styles with a range of fast and slow songs.  Where possible we have chosen songs with texts by Australian composers, wanting to share aspects of readily recognizable Australian life and thought." Wendy Dixon and David Miller
Some exercises are included based on material found in the songs.
The accompanying CD includes performances of all the songs and rehearsal versions.
Composed between: 1998 and 2014

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