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Program note: Brendan Colbert's "pneu·ma"

  • © Brendan Colbert
  • Source: Produced for and provided by Melbourne Composer's League

Brendan Colbert


Brendan Colbert was born in Ballarat, Victoria, in 1956. After a period of piano studies and work with progressive-rock bands as keyboard player and songwriter, he began private composition studies in the mid 1980's, first with Brenton Broadstock and later with Riccardo Formosa. His output comprises a substantial number of works, including many commissioned or premiered by quality performers, which have been performed or broadcast around Australia and in Europe and the USA.


Recent pcrformances include Akkord I (Cory Smythe. piano - New York), Solitary (Linda Wetherill, bass flute - New York), Akkord II (Gisbcrt Wally, guitar - Prato [Italy). and Clair-Obscur (Joshua Rubin, Bb clarinet - New York). Forthcoming perrormances include the premieres of Alter(n)ations (piano, harpsichord and vibes - Contemporary Keyboard Society, Montreal), Sphinx (10 players - Elision), and PNEUma.


pneu·ma Brendan Colbert


pneu.ma n.
The soul or vital spirit.
anima, animus, character, ego, essential nature, individuality, mind, pneuma, self, soul, spirit,
subconscious, true being.


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