Richard Meale

Essential listening to compositions by Meale, as selected by Michael Hannan, author of The Music of Richard Meale, Volume 2 in Wildbird’s Australian Composers series. We’ll be adding several more works to this list in the near future.

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Track details

1 Clouds now and then 7:51 Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Richard Mills (conductor).

From Richard Meale: Cantilena Pacifica (ABC Classics, 2006). Get it on iTunes.

2 Homage to Garcia Lorca 19:39 Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Dobbs Franks (conductor).

From Richard Meale: Cantilena Pacifica (ABC Classics, 2006). Get it on iTunes.

3-8 Incredible Floridas

I. Prelude, “Voyelles”
II. Interlude I, “Fêtes de la faim”
III. Sonata I, “Le bateau ivre”
IV. Interlude II, “Phrases – Veillées – Génie”
V. Sonata II, “Une saison en enfer”
VI. Postlude, “Une saison en enfer – Matin – Adieu”



Seymour Group.

From Incredible Floridas (ABC Classics, 1990). Get it on iTunes.

9-10 from Voss

“I Am Behind You, Voss… Nothing Could Happen”
“I Am Looking At The Map Of My Hand”



Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Stuart Challender (conductor), Clifford Grant, Geoffrey Chard, Heather Begg, Robert Gard (voices).

From From Melba To Sutherland: Australian Singers On Record (Decca, 2016). Get it on iTunes.

More excerpts from iTunes

Track details

1 Coruscations Michael Kieran Harvey (piano).

From The School of Natural Philosophy (Move Records, 2008, MD 3324).

2-6 String Quartet No. 2
I. Tempo comodo
II. Scherzo quasi una Toccata
III. Cantilena triste
IV. Ruvido
V Cantilena Pacifica
Australia Ensemble: Dene Olding, violin; Dimity Hall, violin; Irina Morozova, viola; Julian Smiles, cello.

From Richard Meale: The Australia Ensemble (Tall Poppies, 1996, TP048).