Reverie - CD

By Jeanell Carrigan

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Jeanell Carrigan (piano)

Piano music by Australian Women
Iris de Cairos-Rego, Kitty Parker, Una Bourne, Marjorie Hesse

The painting on the front cover is a work called “Daydream” which was painted in 1895 by Australian artist Jane Sutherland. Jane Sutherland (1853-1928) was part of the Heidelberg school.

Jane Sutherland was also the aunt of Margaret Sutherland who has rightly earned the title “The Matriarch” of Australian composition. It is therefore completely appropriate that the artistry of this wonderful Australian woman painter should grace the recording which highlights the wonderful musical artistry of these four Australian women composers of piano music. Iris de Cairos-Rego, Una Bourne, Kitty Parker and Marjorie Hesse all had a great deal in common. Firstly, they were all born in Australia between 1880 and 1911. Iris de Cairos-Rego was born in Sydney in 1894, Una Bourne in Mudgee in 1882, Kitty Parker in 1886 in Parknook, Cressy, Tasmania and Marjorie Hesse in Brisbane in 1911.

All four women were dubbed as child prodigies due to their prodigious musical talent showing itself very early in life. As well as these factors all the women trained initially as pianists and later worked as teachers to earn the bulk of their living, passing on their incredible musicality and skills to many up and coming musicians. Iris de Cairos-Rego taught for many years at Frensham school in Mittagong, from 1935 until 1951, remaining as part of the school community until her death in 1987. Marjorie Hesse was a long-term member of the piano staff at the NSW Conservatorium of Music. Una Bourne was associated with the University of Melbourne, even providing a scholarship for women pianists and Kitty Parker had many private students.

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[1]   Nocturne (1925) Kitty Parker
[2]  Happy Morning (c.1941) Iris de Cairos-Rego
[3]   All Suddenly the Wind Comes Soft (1932) Marjorie Hesse
[4]   Graneen Vale (1944) Iris de Cairos-Rego  
[5]   Petite Valse-Caprice Una Bourne
   Four Musical Sketches (1928) Kitty Parker
[6]    A Patchwork of Shadows 
[7]    Down Longford Way 
[8]    One Summer’s Day
[9]    Red Admiral  
[10]  Albatross (1933) Iris de Cairos-Rego  
[11]  Papillons Una Bourne          
[12]  Romance (1947) Marjorie Hesse
[13]  Two Impressions no. 1 (c.1927) Una Bourne
[14]  Two Impressions no. 2  (c.1927) Una Bourne 
[15]  La Pastourelle (c.1961) Marjorie Hesse
[16]  English June (1941) Iris de Cairos-Rego 
[17]  Firelight (1933) Iris de Cairos-Rego
[18]  Humoresque (c.1927) Una Bourne 
[19]  Waltz in E (1933) Iris de Cairos-Rego
[20]  Nocturne (c.1926) Una Bourne
[21]  Twilight (1937) Marjorie Hesse  
[22]  Reverie (1957) Iris de Cairos-Rego

Sheet music and samples are available for all these works visit:

Iris de Carios-Rego
Kitty Parker
Una Bourne
Marjorie Hesse