21 Aug

Two new score publications

Wildbird is pleased to announce the publication of two more scores by Brian Howard:

Alchemy, his String Quartet No.1

Desires Ingrained, for solo violin

You can listen to Desires Ingrained performed by Vera van der Bie in Amsterdam in October 2016 in the Resources section of this website.

Wildbird has a Special Offer on these two new scores from 21 August to 4 September. You can access this at Shop / Special Offers.

03 Feb

New Release: ‘The Music of Carl Vine’ by Rhoderick McNeill

Wildbird is delighted to announce the publication of the fourth volume in the Australian Composers series , The Music of Carl Vine. This book has been written by Professor Rhoderick McNeill, Head, School of Arts and Communication at the University of Southern Queensland.

Carl Vine is one of Australia’s great composers. He has been writing music for over forty years. His works include 7 Symphonies, 5 String Quartets, Concertos for Violin, Oboe, Piano (2) and Cello and his much awaited new work Five Hallucinations (2016) for Trombone and Orchestra. His compositions also include major works for the piano, choral, chamber and orchestral music. He is also well known for his ballet and film music including The Tempest and The Battlers.

Vine’s music has been examined by Rhoderick McNeill in this new Wildbird publication. McNeill is particularly known for his book The Australian symphony from Federation to 1960.  A large number of musical examples have been included throughout the book to enable music students, teachers and the interested public to see the key features of Vine’s creative world. Written by leading authorities on Australian music, books in the Australian Composers series are an important resource designed for all music students and teachers, university students and libraries interested in the work of Australia’s leading composers.

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08 May

Book Presentation

Elliott Gyger with Nigel Butterley

Elliott Gyger with Nigel Butterley

While Elliott Gyger was in Sydney for the premiere of his opera Fly Away Peter by Sydney Chamber Opera this month he visited Nigel Butterley at his home to present him with a copy of his book, The Music of Nigel Butterley.

The Music of Nigel Butterley is the third volume in Wildbird’s Australian Composers series. After an extensive period of research, Gyger has written a book which examines all Butterley’s principal compositions, looking at his technique, style and musical language.

Written for music students, teachers and the interested public, this book has been released to coincide with Nigel Butterley’s 80th birthday.

We wish Nigel a very happy birthday… and we hope he enjoys reading his birthday book!!

30 Mar

New Release: The Music of Nigel Butterley

The Music of Nigel Butterley, coverIn celebration of Nigel Butterley’s 80th birthday year, Wildbird is delighted to announce the publication of the third volume in the Australian Composers series, The Music of Nigel Butterley. This book has been written by Elliott Gyger, Senior Lecturer in Composition at the University of Melbourne.

Nigel Butterley is one of Australia’s most outstanding composers. He has been writing music for over sixty years. His works include four string quartets, instrumental music, choral music, orchestral music including his Violin Concerto and Symphony and a wide range of vocal works from songs to opera. He was awarded the Prix Italia for his radiophonic work In the Head the Fire and the Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize for his Spell of Creation. For many years he taught composition at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music.

Butterley’s music has been examined by Elliott Gyger in this new Wildbird publication. A large number of musical examples have been included throughout the book to enable music students, teachers and the interested public to see the key features of Butterley’s creative world. Books in the Australian Composers series are an important resource for schools, tertiary institutions and private music teachers.

07 Jul

New titles now in stock

2 New Titles

Wildbird is pleased to announce that the first dispatch of orders for the books in the Australian Composers series has been made. The arrival of the shipment from our printers in Singapore, within days of our estimated schedule, made the initial dispatch a smooth operation for the Wildbird Team.

Brian Howard, editor of the Australian Composers series, tells us that Elliott Gyger has just completed his book, the third in the series, The Music of Nigel Butterley. We are aiming to have this book printed and ready for release in January, to coincide with Nigel’s 80th birthday year.

07 Apr

New Releases

MusicofSculthorpe

Wildbird, Australia’s new publisher of music and books on music, is delighted to announce the release of the first two volumes in the Australian Composers series. The two books are:

The Music of Peter Sculthorpe written by John Peterson from the University of NSW, and
The Music of Richard Meale written by Michael Hannan from Southern Cross University.

These books are analytical rather than biographical in nature. The aim of the books is to allow the reader to gain knowledge of the musical language used by each composer. They have been written with many musical examples so that music students, teachers and the interested public can see how the music of each composer works. The books are designed to be useful pathways into each composer’s style and to encourage future performances of the works discussed.

The Music of Richard Meale, cover

The Australian Composers series is edited by Australian composer Brian Howard, former Dean of the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music in Perth and former President of LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore.

In the pipeline is the third book in the series, The Music of Nigel Butterley, being written by Elliott Gyger from the University of Melbourne. More books are in the planning stage together with more scores by Australian composers.

Please visit our Shop to order these important first two volumes in the Australian Composers series.