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The Unheard Music of Dulcie Holland


The Unheard Music of Dulcie Holland

  • Date: Tuesday, 16 February 2021, 7pm
  • Venue: Theme & Variations Showroom (Willoughby NSW) — 451 Willoughby Rd, Willoughby, NSW
  • Tickets: This is a free event, however registration is required online or by phone on 0430 022 403

Event Details

Dulcie Holland AM (1913-2000) is one of Australia's most outstanding composers. She is best known for her pedagogical and theory texts which have overshadowed her work as a sophisticated composer. Holland's piano music is where she excels, with her arguably most important work, the Piano Sonata called "undoubtedly a landmark work in the Australian oeuvre" by Larry Sitsky. However, her Piano Sonata - though recorded several times - remains in catalogues and archives that are not easily accessible to the general public. Today, this means on-demand and digital streaming.

That is all about to change. With a recording planned for late February/early March, her Sonata alongside three other fantastic works will be released on streaming services for easy access to the public! This concert is your chance to hear the diverse and unique piano music of Dulcie Holland, ranging from the dark and serious to the sarcastic and humorous. This program contains some pieces that have possibly never been performed before. And best of all, tickets are free!

[Photograph of Ronan Apcar by Panagiotis Karamanos. Photo of Dulcie Holland reproduced with permission from the Wirripang Collection.]


Autumn Piece (1947)
Piano Sonata (1952)
Conversation for Piano (1954)
A Scattering of Leaves (1986)

DURATION: One hour

COVID-19: Masks are mandatory at this event and social distancing should be observed at all times in the venue.

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on 0430 022 403 or by email to ronan@apcar.com.au

Featured Australian Works

Sonata for piano (solo piano) (1952) by Dulcie Holland
— performed by Ronan Apcar

Featured artists

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