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Women of Note


Women of Note : A Century of Australian Composers.

  • Published by ABC Classics — 2019 [4817995] — 2 CDs (135 min.)
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Featured Australian works

  Work Composer PerformersDuration
As I crossed a bridge of dreams (1975) for unaccompanied chorus Anne Boyd Contemporary Singers, Antony Walker 10 mins, 18 sec.
Music for The Dreaming — unspecified voice with chamber ensemble — Bardju (Footprints) Brenda Gifford Ensemble Offspring 1 mins, 52 sec.
Etruscan concerto (1954) piano and chamber orchestra
Recorded/performed at: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, on Dec 07.
Peggy Glanville-Hicks Richard Mills, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Caroline Almonte 15 mins, 17 sec.
Di primavera (1998) for guitar and marimba Maria Grenfell Claire Edwardes, Karin Schaupp 8 mins, 4 sec.
Trio (1944) for piano trio
Recorded/performed at: City Recital Hall Angel Place, NSW, on 9 Nov 15.
Dulcie Holland Eggner Trio 15 mins, 54 sec.
Piano concerto No. 1 in E flat minor (1933) for piano with orchestra Miriam Hyde Miriam Hyde, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Geoffrey Simon 30 mins, 25 sec.
Russian rag (1996) for ensemble
Recorded/performed at: Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Ultimo Centre, Sydney
Elena Kats-Chernin Sydney Alpha Ensemble, David Stanhope 3 mins, 43 sec.
Fern (2012) — quartets: flute, clarinet, 2 percussion - with pre-recorded sound Kate Moore Ensemble Offspring 12 mins, 14 sec.
Spinning top (2016) for piano trio
Recorded/performed at: Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre
Nicole Murphy Benaud Trio 6 mins, 11 sec.
Concerto for violin and orchestra (1954) — violin with full orchestra
Recorded/performed at: ABC Studio 325 Melbourne, on 19 Dec 72.
Margaret Sutherland Leonard Dommett, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Patrick Thomas 24 mins, 31 sec.

Also includes: Road Trip / Sally Whitwell -- Crystalline / Olivia Bettina Davies.

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This International Women's Day (March 8), ABC Classic is releasing Women of Note: A Century of Australian Composers - the first in a new series celebrating Australian female composers.

Australia has always punched above our weight musically, our female musicians especially - Nellie Melba, Joan Sutherland and Eileen Joyce in particular loom large among the finest musicians of the twentieth century. But beyond these celebrated performers, the history of Australia's female composers is equally outstanding.

Miriam Hyde, Dulcie Holland and Margaret Sutherland were hugely influential in the early years of Australia's musical development. Peggy Glanville-Hicks and Anne Boyd looked beyond our borders to the musical traditions of other cultures, and sought to find a place for Australia among the community of musical nations.

Elena Kats-Chernin is a phenomenon unto herself, arguably Australia's most popular and best known composer. Yuin woman Brenda Gifford brings insights from her Indigenous culture to the Western classical tradition. Composers such as Sally Whitwell, Maria Grenfell, Kate Moore, Nicole Murphy and Olivia Bettina Davies represent the myriad ways in which classical music is developing in the 21st century.

This compilation is a fascinating journey through the history of Australian composition, highlighting just how much of that history has been written by women.

Duration: 135 min.

Music of beauty, strength, elegance and passion - a celebration of Australia's outstanding female composers.

Liner notes include program notes.

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