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Peter Rankine : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: From fire by fire (octets: 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns) by Peter Rankine, from the CD From fire by fire.


Photo of Peter Rankine

Peter Rankine's musical journey began with pre-dawn birdsong on the Tully River, North Queensland, when the beauty of sound transcended even the beauty of the light. This early attraction to the world of sound has continued and is his medium of choice in his response to life and its mysteries.

Freelancing since graduating from the Qld Conservatorium of Music (BMus, Grad. Dip. Mus), and in part while studying at the University of Qld (MMus), his output includes concertos, symphonies, chamber works, theatre music, vocal and choral cycles, and music for children and youth. Career highlights include Symphonia Dialectica (which opened the International Festival of Youth Orchestras in 1988) and Celtic Cross (which has featured Graeme Jennings and Warwick Adeney as violin soloist) for the Qld Youth Symphony, both under the direction of John Curro; From Fire by Fire for the Queensland Wind Soloists; Time and the Bell for clarinet soloist Paul Dean (and in 2003 concerto of choice for Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year, Richard Haynes); John Brown, Rose and the Midnight Cat for the 1992 Out of the Box festival; Surya Namaskar, Chaand Namaskar for horn and percussion; And So the Soul for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under Marcus Stenz; Media Vita for Canticum under Emily Cox, and When the Heart for St Peter's Chorale under Graeme Morton, and later a version for Grevillea Ensemble's soprano Wendy Dixon and pianist David Miller. Music for the play Roland Thring by Rod Ainsworth was a welcome return to creating and recording music for theatre.

Peter Rankine lectured in music at the Queensland University of Technology (1988-95), and taught in various secondary schools (2000-08). In 2006 he established a recording studio where much of his work now takes place. Living by the Burnett River in SE Queensland, growing an orchard, raising ducks, still listening to birdsong, and freelancing, his projects include setting the words of Australian writers, publishing his catalogue (Birra Barra Music and AMC), composing an opera, and recording some of the works in his catalogue.


Peter Rankine — current to November 2010

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Darkroom : soprano with ensemble Commissioned by the Southern Cross Soloists for performance in their 'Words and Music' series
Te déum : for SAB choir (2003) Commissioned by Anglicare for Prom Praise 2003.
Digital sheet music sample Des oiseaux et de la danse : flute solo (1991) Commissioned by the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and the Brisbane Biennial as a short test piece for flute finalists in the Conservatorium-Yamaha Woodwind Competition, held in Brisbane in May, 1991
Towards the still point : for clarinet and piano (1991) Commissioned in 1991 by the Queensland Clarinet and Saxophone Society, this was a competition piece for finalists in the festival hosted by the Society in Brisbane that year.
Digital sheet music sample Celtic cross : a dialogue for violin and chamber orchestra (1990) Commissioned by Queensland Youth Orchestra.
From fire by fire (octets: 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns) (1989) Commissioned by Queensland Wind Soloists.