trios

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summer ballad, for flugelhorn, violin and piano (2017)

c. 4 mins

Score availability: Published by the Australian Music Centre (ISMN 9790720208657)

Program note

This little piece was written for fine musicians Joel Brennan, Tomomi Kondo and Anthony Halliday, who premiered the work in January 2018. It should be played with a gentle, flowing character to bring out the introspective lyricism of the music.

Performances

  • 16 January 2018; Joel Brennan, Tomomi Kondo & Anthony Halliday; Castlemaine Town Hall, Victoria

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further reading

Review of the premiere performance by The Courier

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Aubade, for trumpet, trombone and Electric guitar (2017)

c. 5 mins

Score availability: Enquire

Program note

Aubade was commissioned by Joel Brennan, Don Immel and Ken Murray of Ensemble Three. The title carries no specific programmatic significance. Nevertheless, the introspective and lyrical mood sustained throughout much of the piece may be likened to the gentle radiance of a crisp, autumnal morning. Expressive and interweaving melodic lines are underpinned by subtle twists in chromatic harmony. It was my desire to make this unusual instrumental combination sound as natural and inevitable as possible. Indeed, I have tried to explore a range of colouristic and textural possibilities that this intriguing combination offers.

Performances

  • 17 September 2017; Ensemble Three; Macedon Music, Victoria

  • 19 February 2018; Ensemble Three; Melbourne Recital Centre, Victoria

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Further reading

Review of Melbourne Recital Centre performance by classikOn

Review of Melbourne Recital Centre performance by CutCommon

Aubade is due for CD release by Ensemble Three in late 2018/early 2019

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joybox, for violin, cello and piano (2017)

c. 6 mins

Score availability: Published by the Australian Music Centre (ISMN 9790720174075)

program note

Joybox was commissioned for Musica Viva Australia under the auspices of the Ken Tribe Fund for Australian Composers. Predominantly, it is an energetic and fast-paced exploration of a single thematic idea which is subject to a multitude of transformations and interruptions. The title is derived from the word 'jukebox', and the rapid changes in mood and style may be likened to a jukebox quickly cycling through different musical tracks.

performances

  • 3 October 2017; Streeton Trio; Melbourne Recital Centre, Victoria

  • 12 August 2018; Streeton Trio; Serenata Series, NSW

  • 19 August 2018; Streeton Trio; Macedon Music, Victoria

  • 26 August 2018; Streeton Trio; The Independent Theatre, North Sydney, NSW

score sample

 

Score video of Joybox featuring a recording of the work’s premiere by the Streeton Trio

further reading

Review of North Sydney performance by Sounds Like Sydney

Review of North Sydney performance by Carol Wimmer

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Prisms, for flute(+piccolo), violin and piano (2016)

c. 12 mins

Score availability: Enquire

Program note

Prisms was commissioned by Macedon Music, based in the Macedon Ranges, for the Syzygy Ensemble. Prisms received the 2016 Glen Johnston Composition Award at its premiere performance.

The work is in two parts, separated by a break. Each part is itself divided into two highly distinct sections, making for a total of four movements: Introduction, Dance, Nocturne and Toccata.

As an object, a prism will separate a beam of light into its constituent spectrum of colours, in turn drastically transforming the visual appearance of the original beam and creating a spectacular display of colour. In this piece, I have specifically made the concept of musical colour the main focus. The ways in which the work’s musical objects (for example – melodies, chords or textures) are developed may be considered analogous to the behaviour of a prism. Motives or harmonic colours are often transformed or dissected in combination with other more foreign elements in the music.

The Introduction is played by piccolo and violin only. Here, the piccolo insists on a gentle, modal melody while the violin circles around it, altering the melody’s harmonic context and therefore presenting it in different shades of light. The Dance is lively and busy but rarely rises above pianissimo, with its energy bubbling frantically below the surface.

The Nocturne is more reflective and lyrical in mood, beginning with a tender violin solo accompanied by gentle ripplings in the piano. After slowly building to a rather intense climax, the music returns to a gentler, mysterious atmosphere before leading into the Toccata, an energetic finale which demands considerable virtuosity and ensemble cohesion between the performers.

Performances

  • 18 September 2016; Syzygy Ensemble; Macedon Music, Victoria

  • 13 August 2017; Syzygy Ensemble; Clarence Valley Conservatorium, Grafton, NSW

  • 3 September 2017; Syzygy Ensemble; Lyrebird Music Society, Victoria

  • 10 September 2017; Syzygy Ensemble; Burrinja, Victoria

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ABC Classic FM Podcast of Prisms including interview and full recording