Wildbird Music https://wildbirdmusic.com.au Music & Books Wed, 05 Aug 2020 06:04:37 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://wildbirdmusic.com.au/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/cropped-WB_site-icon-32x32.png Wildbird Music https://wildbirdmusic.com.au 32 32 Wildbird welcomes composer Elliott Gyger https://wildbirdmusic.com.au/2020/04/wildbird-welcomes-composer-elliott-gyger/ Wed, 08 Apr 2020 04:39:42 +0000 https://wildbirdmusic.com.au/?p=1352 Wildbird is delighted to announce the publication of two scores by Elliott Gyger: Inferno for solo piano and Precipice for oboe and piano.

Elliott Gyger is one of Australia’s outstanding composers, known for his wonderful chamber operas Fly Away Peter and Oscar and Lucinda, orchestral works, choral music, chamber music and instrumental and solo works. He is a highly-respected composition teacher at Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne and author of the book The Music of Nigel Butterley in Wildbird’s Australian Composers series.

Inferno (2013) for solo piano is one of the great Australian piano works. The composer has written about Inferno in the introduction to the score:

Powerful images from Dante’s vision of Hell provide programmatic starting-points for a series of pieces whose internal logic is nonetheless purely musical. The vocabulary imprisons powerfully expressive gestures within tightly controlled structures, creating Lisztean tableaux of virtuosity and damnation influenced by Messiaen, Carter, Ligeti, Birtwistle and other giants of the post-war avant-garde.

The cycle consists of nine Etudes for the nine Circles of Hell, framed by four brief Interludes corresponding to the Rivers of Hell, together with a Prelude and Postlude. Each Etude explores a different subset of the piano’s range, moving gradually downward and alternately expanding and contracting across the cycle. All four Interludes, by contrast, traverse the same harmonic field spanning the entire range of the instrument, as well as the same metrical structure. Another recurring element is the transposition of Dante’s distinctive terza rima (three-line stanzas with interlocking end-rhymes: aba bcb cdc …) onto musical parameters.

– Elliott Gyger

Inferno was conceived as a single work, designed to be played in its entirety. However, Gyger shows us in the introduction some possible selected sections of the score for pianists not wanting to play the complete work.

A recording of this work is available on Inferno: The piano music of Elliott Gyger (MD3376; 2014) an album recorded on the Move Records label by pianist Michael Kieran Harvey.

Precipice (2010) for oboe and piano was commissioned as part of the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The composer has written in the introduction to the score:

A pièce de concours denotes a work for solo instrument and piano, intended as a test piece for advanced students. It typically includes opportunities for slow, expressive playing, demonstrating the player’s control of tone quality and phrasing, as well as rapid, agile passages to display technical facility. The term sometimes carries connotations of musical slightness – but there are certainly counterexamples, among them Debussy’s celebrated Première Rhapsodie for clarinet and piano.

Precipice takes the idea of the pièce de concours as its starting point, but arranges its various components into an unexpectedly dark narrative. In addition to its topographical meaning, there is a less common definition of “precipice” as a precarious state or situation of great peril: connotations of danger and excessive speed (as in the adjective “precipitous”) are also relevant to the mood of the work. The oboe here is intrinsically a plaintive, lyrical instrument — agility is attainable but doesn’t come naturally, and always seems vulnerable to collapse.

– Elliott Gyger

Precipice has two movements: “At the edge” and “After the fall.” This publication comes with a main score for the pianist and a separate part for the oboist.

Wildbird is pleased to announce that these two scores can be ordered online: Inferno $45.00 plus postage, and Precipice $29.95 plus postage. Scores will also be available to purchase from the Australian Music Centre.

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3 Helpmann Award nominations for “Metamorphosis” https://wildbirdmusic.com.au/2019/07/3-helpmann-award-nominations-for-metamorphosis/ Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:00:00 +0000 https://wildbirdmusic.com.au/?p=1382 Wildbird Music congratulates the production team for the 2018 staging of Brian Howard’s opera Metamorphosis on the following nominations for Helpmann Awards in the Opera & Classical Music category for 2019:

  • Opera Australia, nominated for Best Opera
  • Simon Lobelson, nominated for Best Male Performer in an Opera, for his role as Gregor
  • Taryn Fiebig, nominee and winner in the category Best Female Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera, for her role as Mother
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Two new score publications https://wildbirdmusic.com.au/2018/08/two-new-score-publications/ Tue, 21 Aug 2018 00:34:02 +0000 https://wildbirdmusic.com.au/?p=1211 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.

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‘The Music of Carl Vine’ by Rhoderick McNeill reviewed in Limelight Magazine https://wildbirdmusic.com.au/2018/03/the-music-of-carl-vine-by-rhoderick-mcneill-reviewed-in-limelight-magazine/ Mon, 26 Mar 2018 23:00:08 +0000 https://wildbirdmusic.com.au/?p=1191 In the September 2017 issue of Limelight Magazine Will Yeoman reviewed the fourth volume of Wildbird’s Australian Composers series, The Music of Carl Vine by Rhoderick McNeill.  Yeoman writes:

This is a fascinating and highly readable account of Vine’s compositional and stylistic development over the course of some four decades of sustained work in a diverse range of genres.  As such, it is as clear and thorough an overview to the unique sound-world of one of our greatest living composers as one could wish for.

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‘The Music of Carl Vine’ by Rhoderick McNeill reviewed in ‘The Studio’ https://wildbirdmusic.com.au/2018/03/the-music-of-carl-vine-by-rhoderick-mcneill-reviewed-in-the-studio/ Mon, 19 Mar 2018 23:00:37 +0000 https://wildbirdmusic.com.au/?p=1187

The Music of Carl Vine by Rhoderick McNeill received a review in the May 2017 issue of The Studio (Vol.23 No.2), the journal of the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW. Reviewer Dr Rita Crews writes:

This book is most highly recommended and provides an accurate and valuable contribution to the study of the complex but distinctive style of Carl Vine featuring numerous musical examples that illustrate the various references made in the text.

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‘The Music of Carl Vine’ by Rhoderick McNeill reviewed by Peter Campbell in Context journal https://wildbirdmusic.com.au/2018/03/the-music-of-carl-vine-by-rhoderick-mcneill-reviewed-by-peter-campbell-in-context-journal/ Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:40:49 +0000 https://wildbirdmusic.com.au/?p=1185 The Music of Carl Vine by Rhoderick McNeill was reviewed in Context journal, Issue 42 (2017) by Peter Campbell, who writes:

This is a wonderful addition to the output of Wildbird Music, an organisation taking up the reigns from the mainstream publishing houses that are rarely bringing forth such volumes these days.
McNeill has succeeded in providing us with a rich reading of all the major compositions across Vine’s career so far, an output deserving of such attention and even greater prominence in Australia’s musical story.

Read the full review via the Context website.

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Metamorphosis https://wildbirdmusic.com.au/2017/09/metamorphosis/ Mon, 04 Sep 2017 05:18:43 +0000 https://wildbirdmusic.com.au/?p=1173 Opera Australia has announced that Brian Howard‘s opera Metamorphosis will receive a new production in the 2018 season.

This will be the fourth production of this opera after Nigel Triffitt (VSO) Melbourne, Graeme Murphy (OA) Sydney and John Milson (WAAPA) Perth.

Metamorphosis will be staged in Sydney on 26, 27, 28 and 29 September 2018 and in Melbourne on 25, 26 and 27 October 2018.

The new production will be directed by Tama Matheson with set and costumes by Mark Thompson.

Paul Fitzsimon will conduct with Simon Lobelson, Julie Lea Goodwin, Christopher Hillier, Taryn Fiebig, Adrian Tamburini and Benjamin Rasheed as the cast.

Find out more from Opera Australia: https://opera.org.au/whatson/events/metamorphosis-sydney

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Rhoderick McNeill and Carl Vine on ABC RN The Music Show https://wildbirdmusic.com.au/2017/07/rhoderick-mcneill-and-carl-vine-on-abc-rn-the-music-show/ Sun, 02 Jul 2017 01:30:30 +0000 https://wildbirdmusic.com.au/?p=1164 Recently Rhoderick McNeill, author of The Music of Carl Vine, and the composer Carl Vine himself were invited to talk about the book with Andrew Ford on ABC Radio National’s The Music Show. During the show several movements from Vine’s Anne Landa Preludes are played, as well as an excerpt from the April 2017 recording of Five Hallucinations, concerto for trombone, played by Michael Mulcahy with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, conductor Mark Wigglesworth.  The show aired on Sunday 2nd July 2017; you can listen to the show online at the following link: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/musicshow/music-of-carl-vine/8668152

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Rhoderick McNeill on Carl Vine for AMC’s Resonate https://wildbirdmusic.com.au/2017/02/rhoderick-mcneill-on-carl-vine-for-amcs-resonate/ Thu, 09 Feb 2017 01:48:42 +0000 https://wildbirdmusic.com.au/?p=1105 Rhoderick McNeill, author of new Wildbird release The Music of Carl Vine recently published an article on the Australian Music Centre’s Resonate online magazine about Carl and about writing the book.  Read the article here:

http://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/article/new-book-the-music-of-carl-vine-wildbird

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New Release: ‘The Music of Carl Vine’ by Rhoderick McNeill https://wildbirdmusic.com.au/2017/02/new-release-the-music-of-carl-vine/ Thu, 02 Feb 2017 22:00:40 +0000 https://wildbirdmusic.com.au/?p=1095 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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