Piano Music of Meta Overman, The by Jeanell Carrigan

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By Jeanell Carrigan (piano)
Described as Koningin van de Klankkleur en Fantasie [Queen of tone colour and fantasy], Dutch born composer, Meta Overman (1907-1993) spent most of her adult life in Perth, Western Australia. Her musical output was extensive and captured here on this CD is much of her piano works.  The composer from an early age had the ability to transform pictures into sounds and this is evident in all her compositions.  Jeanell Carrigan spent many months researching her piano works which resulted in four volumes scripted from Overman's manuscripts, and each with their own CD recording, and this stand-alone disc.  The four volumes of scores are available online.
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Sonata 1 (1939)
 1  Allegro ma non troppo vivo  
 2   Scherzando
 3  Andante con Variatone   4  Allegro
 5  Sonatina (1940)
Three Impressions
 6  Schutterhof (Court of the Guard) (1941)
 7  De Koperen Ko (The Street Jester) (1941)  
 8  Stad in Opbouw (The Reconstructed City) (1942)
 9  Variations on a Baltic Folksong (1941) 
 10 Dance of the Char Woman (1943)
 11 Ritsel (Rattle) (1943)
 12 De Nar (The Jester) (1946)
Three "Luchtige" (Light Hearted) Dances (1946)
 13 Visschersmeisje (Fisher Girl)
 14 Matrozendans (Sailor's Dance)
 15 En Toen ... (And Then...)
Sonata II (1953)
 16 Allegro, poco maestosco
 17 Andante  
 18 Allegro giocoso
 19 Charivari Variations (1954)
 20 Lullaby (1955)
The Nature's Suite (1955)
 21 Earth   22 Fire   23 Water  24 Air
Three Dances (1955)
 25 Allegro  26 Poco Lento 
 27 Vivo e Risoulto


 

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Poet's Composer, A by Horace Keats

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Songs by Horace Keats performed by Jane Parkin soprano, Gavin Lockley baritone and Clemens Leske piano, with Alexa Still flute and Sharon Olde soprano.
This double disc of 48 songs is a representation of the composer's output during his lifetime including the setting of poems of many of Australia's finest poets.  Wirr 040
(Jane Parkin appears courtesy of Opera Australia) 

Historical Notes:
By the early 1930s Horace Keats and his wife, Janet were working with ABC Perth and broadcasting on a regular basis. Janet had formed a penchant for settings of Chinese poetry and quickly exhausted the supply available but having found some poems she asked her husband to set them for her, thus commencing his career in composition. Examples of settings in this idiom are on DiscTwo tracks, 3, 5, and 18.  Difficulty was experienced in obtaining copyright clearance for a great deal of Chinese poetry, so Keats turned to a young journalist the family had befriended, Kenneth Mackenzie, who said he would write poetry in the Chinese style.  Examples are on Disc One track12, and Disc Two track 2.  Keats moved back to the ABC in Sydney and Mackenzie followed soon after.  It was through this poet that a meeting with Hugh McCrae transpired.  A lasting friendship was also formed and many McCrae poems were set.  See Disc One tracks 3, 7,10, 25 and Disc Two tracks 7, 8, 11and 17.  Janet continued broadcasting and continued her quest for new poetry for songs, particularly of Australian origin.  A chance came when she saw a book of Christopher Brennan poems at a friend's home and was enamoured with his words.  For Horace Keats to set them permission was required from Brennan's Literary Executors and this was finally obtained with the bonus of an exclusive right to set the poems during the composer’s life time.  Neither poet or composer ever met although the composer was aware of Brennan's presence on the streets of Darlinghurst - "his black cloak streaming behind, a gargantuan pipe and a rich baritone voice declaiming Greek poetry to an enthralled friend." Horace Keats remains the most published composer of his day and this was partly because of his settings of the English poet Herbert Brandon.  See Disc One track 9 and Disc two, tracks, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23.  It is because the composer was writing ahead of his time that his works continue to be broadcast, heard on the recital platform as well, having the highest representation in the Trinity/Guildhall Australian Singing Syllabus and this alone constitutes a worthwhile tribute to one who said, "a song is a two-way street being a representation of the work of the composer and the poet" and it was this attitude that won him the title of "A Poet's Composer." 

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Disc 1
 1 The Orange Tree (Neilson)  
 2 Love's Secret (Blake)
 3  The Trespass (MCrae)
 4  Ego (Sterling-Levis)
 5  In What Other Places do You Live? (Henderson)
 6  The Garden of Death (Wilde)
 7  Sun After Rain (McCrae)
 8  The Song of the Little Poeple (McCrae)
 9   Dreams at Eventide (Brandon)
 10  Columbine (McCrae)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67GA2wMDH7g
 11  She Walks in Beaty (Byron)
 12  The Fishing Pools (Mackenzie)
 13  The Point of Noon (Brennan)
 14  Drowsy Chime (Brennan)
 15  We Sat Entwined (Brennan)
 16  White Wind (Brennan)
 17  Peace Dwells in Blessing (Brennan)
 18  How Old is my Heart (Brennan)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziVqafnRWvs
 19  Spring Breezes (Brennan)
 20  My Heart was Wandering in the Sands (Brennan)
 21 Once I Could Sit by the Fire Hourlong (Brennan)
 22  Of Old on Her Terrace at Evening (Brennan)
 23  I am Shut Out of Mine Own Heart (Brennan)
 24  Sea Wraith (Donnelley)
 25  The Wild Man's Dear (McCrae)
  Disc 2
 1  Fear (Montaigne)
 2  Mermaids (Mackenzie)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSpTljDa7ao
 3  I Will Buildid My House in the Water (C4thChinese/Waley)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcvX-NP7aU4
 4  Galleons (Mackenzie)
 5  The Fig Tree (Hodgson)
 6  Heaven Haven (Hopkins)
 7  The Pantler's Song (McCrae)
 8  The Moon (McCrae)
 9  Gonerill's Lullaby (Bottomley)
 10  The Constant Lover (Suckling)
 11  Versicle (McCrae)
 12  Moonlit Apples (Drinkwater)
 13  Echo (Rossetti)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxsnmEE0HI8
 14  I Know a Road (Brandon)
 15  Two Lovers (Brandon)
 16  Thousands of Roadways (Brandon)
 17  Twilight (McCrae)
 18  Plucking the Rushes (C4thChinese/Waley)
 19  Where the Pelican Builds Her Nest (Foott)
 20  The Ballad of the Convict's Daughter (Sibley)
 21  The Roads Beside the Sea (Brandon)
 22   Over the Quiet Waters (Brandon)
 23   Drake's Call (Brandon)
 
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Ragging with Razz by Ann Carr-Boyd

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Works by Ann Carr-Boyd with Norbert Wentzel and John Martin.
The artists playing on the disc include the Sydney Symphony Fellows 2008 - Victoria Jacono-Gilmovich, Manu Berkeljon violins, Yilin Zhu viola, Kate Lawson flute, David Papp oboe, Patrick Suthers cello. Also Victoria Jacono-Gilmovich viola, Joshua Clarke cornet and John Martin piano. Wirr 029
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 1  Balmoral Beach Rag (Ann Carr-Boyd)
The Razz Suite (Ann Carr-Boyd)
 2  Prelude for Luigi
 3  Mysterious Kitty regards the ancient universe ....
 4  Tea for Tugger
 5   Fluffy Boy
 6  Rag for Razz
 7  Fandnago for Fifi
 8  Cool Valley
 9  The Boulevard Waltz (Ann Carr-Boyd)
Two Sketches (Norbert Wentzel)
 10  Prelude
 11  Intermezzo
 12  Twilight Tango (John Martin)
 13  The Boulevard Waltz (Ann Carr-Boyd)


 

 

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Ragtime, Dreams and Visions by Katie Zhukov

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Piano music by Australian women composers played by Katie Zhukov. Includes works by Elena Kats-Chernin, Ann Ghandar, Mary Mageau, Ann Carr-Boyd, May Howlett and Betty Beath.
Print music for most of the works are available online.
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 1  Barbeque Rag (Elena Kats-Chernin) 
 2  Combination Rag (Elena Kats-Chernin) 
Ragtime Remembered (Mary Mageau)
 3  The Samford Rag 
 4  Two to Tango
 
 5  A Rollicking Rag
Fragmentary Rags (Ann Gandar) 
 6  i    7  ii     8  iii
 9  The Baroqua Rag (May Howlett) 
 10  The Federation Rag (Ann Carr-Boyd) 
 11  Rag for Razz (Ann Carr-Boyd)
Ragtime Suite (Ann Ghandar) 
 12  Rainy Day Rag 
 13  Honky Tonk Rag 
 14  Sentimental Song 
 15  Around the Corner Rag 
 16  Railroad Rag 
Dreams and Visions (Betty Beath)
 17  Prelude to Dreams 
 18  Birds the Colour of the Moon 
 19  The She-Wolf 
 20  Earth Spirit 
 21  Towards Dawn 
 22  Day Dream
Sudden Gleams (Ann Ghandar)
 23  Sudden Gleams of Sunlight 
 24  Float in the Dusk 
 25  Falling
 26  On Scattered Trees
 27  Colours of the Sea (Elena Kats-Chernin)  
 28  Half Moonn Prelude (Elena Kats-Chernin) 
 
 

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Reflections by Mark John McEncroe

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This recording of piano music by Mark John McEncroe is brilliantly performed by the John Martin.   Monet's garden paintings are reflected by 13 musical images of Japanese gardens resplendent with fishponds and bonsai.  The music is strongly influenced by J S Bach and baroque styling but is given a contemporary feel by considerable use of jazz harmonies of which John has the exceptional touch to so implement.
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Sheet album of all pieces are available online (Reflections & Recollections Vol. 1)

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A Lazy Summer's Afternoon
Andante Moderato
Dancing in the Light
A Fish with the Blues
The Gargoyle Fountain
Ghosts from the Past
Introspective Moments
Ripples on the Still Water
Shades of Autumn
Shadows in the Water
Shadows of an Old Memory
The Calling
The Pendulum

 

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Reflections and Recollections, Volume 1 by Mark John McEncroe

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Musical images for piano.  Superbly played by Helen Kennedy. The first of two volumes of piano music written from the heart.  13 melodious, charming pieces - music to relax to, music to enjoy and music you will want to play over and over.
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Sheet album of all pieces are available online

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A Lazy Summer's Afternoon

Andante Moderato
Dancing in the Light
A Fish with the Blues
The Gargoyle Fountain
Ghosts from the Past
Introspective Moments
Ripples on the Still Water
Shades of Autumn
Shadows in the Water
Shadows of an Old Memory
The Calling
The Pendulum

 

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Reflections and Recollections, Volume 2 by Mark John McEncroe

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Musical images for piano.  Superbly played by Helen Kennedy. The second of two volumes of piano music influenced by the peace and beauty of the paintings by Monet.  11 melodious, charming pieces - music to relax to, music to enjoy and music you will want to play over and over.
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Sheet album of all pieces are available online.
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Nocturnal Images
Fading Memories
Dance of the Pagans
Natalie's Theme
A Rainy Summer's Day
Fleeting Images
Cindy's Song
A Penny for Your Thoughts
Daybreak
Floating Lilies
Shimmering Lights



 

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Resophonica by Atherton & Crossman

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7 works by Michael Atherton and Bruce Crossman. Resophonica is a collaboration of two brilliant musicians and composers with intuitive improvisation providing 73 minutes of enthralling listening.
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 1  bunyip blues 
 2  resophonica
 3  tik tik
 4  water dragon (palimpsest) 
 5  snajo for jylee
 6  pentaphonia
 7  off-the-rail blues

 

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Ring of New Bells, The - CD by Miriam Hyde

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 A compilation of piano solos performed by John Martin to commemorate  the Centenary of the birth of Miriam Hyde on 15th January 2013. These works have been finely interpreted by the pianist and are a valued collection of the composer's works.  Wirr 052

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 1  The Ring of New Bells
 2  Evening in Cordoba
 3  Kaleidoscope
Sonata in G Minor
 4  Allegro energico
 5  Andante solennemente
 6  Allegro con brio
 7  Grey Foreshore
 8  Scherzo in G
 9  Prelude in F sharp minor
 10 Prelude in F minor
 11 Fantasia on Waltzing Matilda
 12  A River Idyll
 13  Valley of Rocks
 14  The Vine Trellis
 15  Drought-stricken Grasses
 16  The Forest Stream

 
 

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Shadows and Silhouettes by Antonietta Loffredo

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New piano compositions celebrating a Chinese-Western confluence played by Antonietta Loffredo.
A University of Western Sydney project this interesting CD is the third by Antoinetta in a collaboration with the composers who have been encouraged to write new pieces for this project.  It consists of piano pieces which draw on such influences as Chinese bird song; stylistic characteristics of Chinese instruments on an Australian folk tune; impressions of Shanghai; a phrase from Yijing (l-ching); terracotta figures of a travelling orchestra on horseback; a Chinese nursery rhyme; the concept of Qi; a Hong Kong market early in the morning; a poem by Chinese poet Po Chu (772-846); the musics of the three cultures of Malaysia; and from a Chinese perspective, winter days and a funeral in Australia.  Scores by the Wirripang composers-  Diana Blom, Bruce Crossman and John Peterson are available online.
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 1  The Travelling Chinese Orchestra  (Diana Blom) 
 2  Birds Calling in Cloud Valley (Michael Hanan) 
 3  Regaslendro (Valerie Ross) 
 4  Market Gardens and Musicians (Ann Boyd)
A flower and not a flower (P'u - Hua Fei Hua) - Tre contrapunti (Massimo Priori)
 5  i
 6  ii
 7  iii
 8  Three Variations on Waltzing Matilda  (Julian Yu)
 9  Winter days (Phoon Yew Tien)
 10 A Funeral  (Phoon Yew Tien)
 11 Qi Colour from Hidden Resonances (Bruce Crossman)
 12 Lakes resting one on the other (Francesco Schweizer)
 13  Moon Rhyme (Caroline Szeto)
 14  Impressions of Shanghai (John Peterson)

 

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Sideband by Various Composers

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Sideband is a recording project initiated by emerging Australian composers, Tristan Coelho, Brad Gill, Chris Williams and Peter McNamara, and includes the esteemed Slovenian-Australian composer Bozidar Kos.  These powerful, yet intimate, mixed chamber works emphasise percussion and vocal elements and are performed by some of Australia's most talented, established and emerging artists.   Wirr 056

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 1  Modulations (Bozidar Kos) - c.10:35
 2  Crickets (Brad Gill) - c.10:50
 3  Voltage (Peter McNamara) - c.6:00
 4  As the Dust Settles (Tristan Coelho) - c.6:00
(Chris Williams) - c.6:15
 6  Cadenza II (Peter McNamara) - c.11:15
 7  The Writer's Hand  (Tristan Coelho) - c.6:50
 8  Light, Snow, Suicide (Brad Gill) - c.13:50
 

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Simply Songs by Various Composers

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This recording features works by many of our Australian Composers as seen here on our website and is performed by Wendy Dixon, soprano and David Miller, pianist. Composers include:  Robert Stove, Horace Keats, John Wayne Dixon, Stephen Yates, Michael H Dixon, Houston Dunleavy, Brennan Keats, Hugh Dixon, Sylvia Rice, Brett McKern, Mark Matthews.  Wirr 001 Download samples
 1  Love Song ( R J Stove)
 2  Lullaby ( R Stove)
 3  Ballad of a Talked Off Ear ( R J Stove)
 4  The Fig Tree (Horace Keats)
 5  White Wind (Horace Keats)
 6  Nature's Changes (John Wayne Dixon)
  7  Evening (John Wayne Dixon)
 8  New Feet Within (John Wayne Dixon)
 9  Asclepiades the miser (Stephen Yates)
 10  Thought I would (Stephen Yates)
 11  Become Complete (Michael H Dixon)
 12  All Fall Down (Houston Dunleavy)
 13  In Good Stead (Michael H Dixon)
 14  Elegy (Brennan Keats)
 15  The Hour of the Parting (Brennan Keats)
 16  Fascination (Hugh Dixon)
 17  Tranquil Repose ((Hugh Dixon)
 18  Concentration  (Hugh Dixon)
 19  Motion (Hugh Dixon)
 20  Mermaids (Horace Keats)
 21  Song of the Little People (Horace Keats)
 22  My Heart was Wandering (Horace Keats)
 23  This Moment (Sylvia Rice)
 24  Praise the Lord (Brett M McKern)
 25  Healed (Mark Matthews)
 26  An Angry Cactus Does No Good (Stephen Yates)
 27  The Trouble with Geraniums (Stephen Yates)
 

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