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This tertiary level work was premiered by Louisa in 2010 at her final BMus recital. Upon receiving support from Creative Victoria it was re-worked in 2018 and recorded with Josh Rogan.
PDF of the Trumpet in C part and piano reduction.
DURATION 10 minutes 30 seconds
This A grade level work was commissioned by Dr Robert Childs for the Royal Welsh College Brass Band. The work was written for the concert Hemispheres, performed on October 31st, 2018 at the Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales. Flight celebrates the adventurous spirit and bravery of Maude “Lores” Bonney, who in 1933 became the first person to fly from Australia to England. Flight is a lively, fast-paced work that highlights the entire band. It is a strong ensemble work, where every part must work together (like a plane engine) to land the piece successfully at the end.
DURATION 3 minutes 30 seconds
INSTRUMENTATION Soprano Cornet, Solo Cornet (4), Repiano, 2nd Cornet, 3rd Cornet, Flugelhorn, Solo Tenor Horn, 1st Tenor Horn, 2nd Tenor Horn, 1st Baritone, 2nd Baritone, 1st Trombone, 2nd Trombone, Bass Trombone, 1st Euphonium, 2nd Euphonium, E flat Bass, B flat Bass, Timpani, Mallets: Xylophone, Glockenspiel, Drum Set
The Nature of Sound
The Nature of Sound, is a bespoke composition for the concert, Trump’it Up and Drone On. This event was part of the Regional Centre for Culture; a year-long celebration of the four Victorian centres of Bendigo, Daylesford, Castlemaine and Maryborough. This concert celebrates musical culture in the region. The premiere performance was to be at Lake Jubilee, Daylesford on Friday the 28th of September, 2018, was however cancelled due to heavy rain.
NOTES It is intended that this work be performed outside, with some basic movements throughout the piece E.g. pipes marching in, an off-stage pipe soloist, some brass standing. These arrangements should be made once in the performance space. Pipes are a transposing instrument, thus, what is read as ‘A’ sounds as a concert pitch ‘B flat’. The pipers will be learning from a part that is written in ‘A’ Mixolydian, but appears in the score in concert pitch. The score is a simplified version of the pipe part, with no added ornamentation .
TUNING Pipes and brass should tune as close to concert pitch ‘A440′ as possible. Brass may need to be slightly sharper than usual, and pipes flatter (“A466”, no higher.) Tuning brass and pipes together can be a complex process, given their different temperaments. This process must be done accurately to achieve an optimal performance.
INSTRUMENTATION Bagpipes, Snare Drum, Tenor Drum, Bass Drum, Soprano Cornet, Solo Cornet (4), Repiano, 2nd Cornet, 3rd Cornet, Flugelhorn, Solo Tenor Horn, 1st Tenor Horn, 2nd Tenor Horn, 1st Baritone, 2nd Baritone, 1st Trombone, 2nd Trombone, Bass Trombone, 1st Euphonium, 2nd Euphonium, E flat Bass, B flat Bass, Timpani, Mallets:Tubular Bells & Glockenspiel Snare Drum, 3Tom-toms, Bass Drum, Suspended Cymbal
Commissioned by the Mid America Freedom Band, and premiered October 29, 2017 at J.C. Nichols Auditorium at the National WWI Museum and Memorial. This work takes inspiration from the book By the Shores of Silver Lake, written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This is the fifth book in the Little House book series, and was published in 1939.
This piece is a day at Silver Lake. Starting with the rustling of the breeze in the grass by the water, and the bird-life waking. There are a lot of call and response ideas, which depict Mary being led around by her younger sister Laura. In the previous book, Mary has lost her sight due to illness, and Laura is asked by her parents to be Mary’s “eyes”. Due to congress passing the ‘Homestead Act’ in 1862, the midwest of the United States was booming. The Ingalls family moved to the lake so that their father could work as a bookkeeper.
The horn line at Figure G is a distant song, sung by the men who work at Silver Lake at the railroad camp. At Figure E the main motif comes from the word ‘family’ in braille, and at Figure H, the word here is ‘sisters’:
At Night the Owl Hunts
Winner of the Grade 2 Category in the South Carolina Music Educators Association’s Sight Reading Composition Contest, 2018. A spooky piece for Beginner String Orchestra focusses on dynamics, articulation, and ensemble playing.
DURATION 2 minutes
INSTRUMENTATION violin 1, violin 2, viola, cello, double bass
This work came about from a Masters assignment to write for uncommon instrumentation, and resulted in this beautiful, filmic, upbeat work.
DURATION 3 minutes
INSTRUMENTATION flute, clarinet, marimba, piano, guitar, accordion, violin, cello, double bass.
Memories for a Stranger
Commissioned by Ensemble Goldentree and premiered in 2016. Th
Our protagonist is an old woman with dementia. She has a visit on her birthday from a stranger. She recalls two stories for the visitor: the first is a ghostly encounter, the second a playful childhood memory. Eventually she works out that the visitor is her sister. Having forgotten that the love of her life is long dead, she asks her sister, “Where is my love? Where is my darling?.” The sister having to reveal the death as if it were new information: “Your darling has been gone for years.” In the final movement, our protagonist reflects on the wonderful love that she had; sending her drifting off in to her memory once more.
This work has developed into a musical drama, in which conventions from musical theatre are welcomed. Movements: The Memories, Haunting Song, Pet Rock and Elephant, Present, Our Love
INSTRUMENTATION soprano, piano, french horn