"Celebrating May" by May Howlett


A compilation of only some of the exceptional compositional works by May Howlett recorded over time by well-known Australian and International artists. A member of an audience once remarked that "her music always takes me on a journey", and this CD just does that.  Her writing seeks to enter into an experience or a concept, and to embody response to it with a 'voice' of the instrument or instruments. Although her music is basically lyrical, there is, often, according to Larry Sitsky, "a sting in the tail". 

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Exhibits - Christine Drager (flute), Katheryn Lambert (piano)
 1  Mobiles
 2  Veil VII 
 3  Electric Mouse
 4  Streeton's Noon
 5  Passing the Tower of Aggrievements -  Jeanell Carrigan (piano)
 6  From Forgotten Stars - Rotraud Schneider (violin)
 7  Waves - Sally Mays (piano)
 8  Rosie the Unruffled - Michael Tabrett (viola), Katarina Kroslakova (piano)
 9  Sacred Grove - Robert Llewellyn (bassoon), Katarina Kroslakova (piano)
 10  Baroqua Rag - Katie Zhukov (piano) 
Wings on the Wind - Emma Knott (flute), David Miller (piano)
 11  Thermals
 12  Mistral
 13  Ah! Sirocco
 14  At the Triton's Call - Lotte Latukefu (mezzo- soprano), Louise Scott (piano)
At the Circus - Katie Zhukov (piano)
 15  Parade
 16  The Pink Ballerina on a White Pony
 17  Catherine Wheels



After Dark by May Howlett

Score and parts

Trio for flute, violoncello and piano, c.4'20
Composed 2012

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


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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  To the person who left a note on my windshield (Dunleavy) - sheet music c.5:40
 At the Triton's Call (Howlett) - sheet music c.6:35
 Distance (Maclean)  - sheet music c.3:50
A Feast of Lanterns (Sitsky)
  I  'Bitter Cold' - sheet music c.1:20
  II 'The Ghost Road' - sheet music c.2:30
  III 'Autumn Thoughts' - sheet music c.1:40
  IV 'Along the Stream' - sheet music c.1:40
  V 'Freezing' - sheet music c.1:40
  VI 'Feast of Lanterns' - sheet music c.1:00
  VII ' Song of the Night' - sheet music c.1:50

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 ISMN 9790720133973


Ashes of Roses by May Howlett

Score and parts

Choral SSA with soprano recorder, alto recorder, acoustic guitar and harpsichord, c.5'30.  Composed 1988.
Discount for multiple copies of choral part contact keats@wirripang.com.au

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At the Circus by May Howlett


Three pieces for solo piano - Grade 8 to Diploma
Musical references to those events that thrilled and delighted us as children when we entered the magic world of circus.
1. Parade, c 3:25
2. Catherine Wheels, c.2:40
3.The Pink Ballerina on a White Pony, c.2:20.  
Composed 2009.  Recorded on Australian Piano Anthology for the 21st Century (Wirr 045)  and "Celebrating  May" (Wirr 058) by Katie Zhukov available online
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 Parade - sheet music and audio
 Catherine Wheels - sheet music and audio
 The Pink Ballerina on a White Pony - sheet music and audio

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Australian Piano Anthology for the 21st Century - Vol. One by Katie Zhukov


Piano music by Australian composers played by Katie Zhukov.
It became apparent that there was a need for new piano works which represented contemporary Australian composers.  Wirripang approached its composers who, with their magnificient response, produced so many excellent works. 46 compositions were finally chosen, edited and critiqued by Katie Zhukov, and were embodied in three albums of sheet music each accompanied by a CD of the pieces recorded by Katie. 
It was from these recordings by Katie that this CD evolved. It is a collection of very pleasant, listenable and varied piano music and representative of the very high standard of work being written by Wirripang Australian composers. 

The three books of these works (and more) are available online titled:
Wirripang Australian Piano Anthology - 2011
Books One
or Two or Three
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 1  Baggy Green Rag  (John Martin) 
 2  Prelude and Fugue Chromatica (Tony Wheeler) 
 3  Catherine Wheels (May Howlett) 
 4  Nocturne for a Nebula (Ann Carr-Boyd)
 5  The Pink Ballerina on a White Pony (May Howlett)
 6 Key Connections (Betty Beath)
 7 Thorn of the Rose (John Martin) 
 8 Prelude to Play (Betty Beath)
 9  Parade (May Howlett) 
 10  The Demented Demon (Brennan Keats) 
 11  Paradise Bar Prelude (Andrew Schultz)
 12  Red Dust Settles (Brennan Keats
 13  Politically Correct Rag  (Paul Paviour)
 14  Very Slow Jazz (Ann Carr-Boyd)
 15  The Jazz Cat Miaou (Frank Millward)
 16  Light Through a Stained Glass Window 
(Betty Beath)
 17  Outlines (Andrew Helberg)
 18  Intermezzo in E (Phillip Wilcher)
 19  Lucky Thirteen (John Peterson)
 20  Toccatina (Colin Brumby)
 21  Dreamboat Blues (Amanda Handel) 
 22  Watching the River Flow (John Petrson)
 23  Valse Triste (Stephen Yates)
 24 The Breeze and You (Frank Millward) 
 25 Prelude II (Jennifer Trynes)
 26 Mistique (Mark Matthews)
 27  Ball Games - Basketball (Diana Blom)  
 28  Tip-Toe Tango (Jocelyn E Kotchie) 
 29 The Afghans (Stephen O'Connell)
 30 At Sundown (Amanda Handel)


Australian Women Composers' Piano Anthology by various composers


Grades 4 - Dip.
15 piano works by Wirripang-published, Australian Women Composers 2014. 
Especially written and selected for this album as edited by Katie Zhukov and it includes a CD of each work recorded by Katie Zhukov. 
The aim of this new Australian Women Composers’ Piano Anthology is to provide a platform for both established as well as the emerging female composers. The new repertoire is written in a variety of styles (Classical, Romantic, 20h century and contemporary), and is suitable for intermediate-to-advanced students. 

1.    The Adventurous Platypus (Jenny Lee-Robins)  Grade 4, c.1'15
2.    Farewell (Jennifer Trynes) Grade 4, c.2'15
3.    Reflections in the Still Water (Barbara Durham) Grade 5, c.3'05
4.    Aslant a Brook (May Howlett) Grade 5, c.3'15
5.    Section 32 (Yvonne Barton-Leach) Grade 5, c.3'30
6.    Red Sky at Dawn (Joanne Burrows) Grade 6, c.3'50
7.    Raindrops (Carolyn Morris) Grade 6, c.3'25
8.    Triptych 3rd Movement (Christina Green) Grade 7, c1'20
9.    Soliloquy (Jocelyn E Kotchie) Grade 7, c.6'00
10.  Remnant (Nicole Murphy) Grade 8, c.3'25
11.  The Seduction of Andalucia (Amanda Handel) Grade 8, 4'10
12.  Retro Rag (Ann Carr-Boyd) Dip., c.5'45
13.  The Night Ship (Diana Blom) Dip., c.4'55
14.  Anywhere (Jane Hammond) Dip., c.5'10
15.  Music from a Quiet Place (Betty Beath) Dip, c.5'30

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The Adventurous Platypus - sheet music and audio
Farewell - sheet music and audio
Reflections in the Still Water - sheet music and audio
Aslant a Brook - sheet music and audio
Section 32 - sheet music and audio
Red Sky at Dawn- sheet music and audio
Raindrops - sheet music and audio
Triptych 3rd Movement - sheet music and audio
Soliloquy  - sheet music and audio
Remnant - sheet music and audio
The Seduction of Andalucia - sheet music and audio
Retro Rag - sheet music and audio
The Night Ship - sheet music and audio
Anywhere - sheet music and audio
Music from a Quiet Place - sheet music and audio







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Baroqua Rag, The by May Howlett


Solo piano, c.1.50, Grade 4
The Baroqua Rag constitutes a nod at some of the technical features of Baroque composition, such as the pedal note, applied to the characteristic rhythmic patterns of the Rag, an early form of jazz. By using a well-known theme from JS Bach, arguably the greatest exponent of Baroque music, a link is formed to the concept of Bach, held by some, as a precursor of jazz techniques in his use of free ranging and inventive modulations based on chromaticism, for instance.  
Recorded by Katie Zhukov on the CD, Ragtime, Dreams and Visions, (Wirr 010) and "Celebrating May" (Wirr 058) available online

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The Baroqua Rag - audio sample
With assoicated CD - Ragtime, Dreams and Visions

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Beauty (Howlett) by May Howlett


Med to High voice and piano, c.2'00.
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Birch Tree, The by Diana Weston, Thoroughbass


The theme of this recording is music inspired by folkmusic. Diana Weston (harpsichord) and the ensemble Thoroughbass have recorded this wonderful collection of tunes by composers such as, Mary Mageau, Béla Bartók, May Howlett, Ann Carr-Boyd and Elena Kats-Chernin.
Folk melody and rhythm can be found permeating works from all centuries and genres up to the present. For the French of the 17th and 18th centuries, it formed the backbone of a national style, albeit one with a sophisticated overlay (the dance suite). For some composers, like Bartók, folkmusic became the stuff of their compositional voice. For others like Ann Carr-Boyd, adaptation of folksong was a way of approaching a wide variety of audiences of different ethnic backgrounds. Her new composition, Suite for Diana, follows this trend, as does Elena Kats-Chernin’s The Birch Tree, both composed for Thoroughbass in 2014 and recorded here for the first time. Thematically overlapping Bartók’s miniature pieces ‘For Children’ (arguably ‘about’ children as much as ‘for’ children) are four songs for children by May Howlett. Both composers recognize the complexity of childhood in music that is expressive and authentic, innocent and above all, fun.

Wirr 068


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1 Variations on Scarborough Fair (Mary Mageau)
For Children - Hungarian (Béla Bartók)
 2  No. 4 Pillow Dance
 3  No. 6 Study for left hand
 4  No. 10 Children's Dance   5  No. 11
 6  No. 17 Round Dance
No. 18 Soldier's Song
 8  No. 26   9  No. 28 Choral
10  No. 31
 11  No. 38 Winter Solstice Song
 12  No. 40 Swineherd's Dance
Four Children's Songs (May Howlett)
 13  The Littlest Dragon
 14  The Cat  15  The Dog
16  Flutter by, My Butterfly
Suite for Diana (Ann Carr-Boyd)
17  The Wild Colonial Boy
18  Interlude 1
19  Two Latvian Folksongs
20  Interlude 2
21  Gulumkan  22  Interlude 2a
For Children - Slovakian (Béla Bartók)
23  No. 1  24  No. 6 Round Dance
25  No. 7 Sorrow
26  No. 10 Funeral Dance
27  No. 11   28  No. 17
29  No. 18 Teasing Song
30  No. 19. Romance
31  No. 20 Game of Tag
32  No. 22 Revelry
33  No. 25 Scherzando
34  No. 26 Peasant's Flute
35  No. 28 Choral  36  No. 33
37  No. 34 Farewell  38  No. 38 Dirge
39  The Birch Tree
           (Elena Kats-Chernin)



Bird of Paradise by May Howlett


Solo flute, c.2'35
Composed 2010
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 ISMN 9790720106670


Bobby-Dazzler by May Howlett


Solo piano, c.3'30.  Advanced grade
A fun piece - a trip on a ferry to Manly Beach - the crowds, a picnic, surf, sand and rain!
Composed 2014

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 ISMN 9790720151410