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Women of Note: A Century of Australian Composers

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 Boydlooked 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-Cherninis 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. And composers such as Sally Whitwell, Maria Grenfell,Kate Moore,Nicole Murphy andOlivia 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.

TRACKLISTING

CD 1

MIRIAM HYDE 1913–2005
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat minor (1934)
1 I. Allegro
2 II. Lento
3 III. Allegro scherzando
Miriam Hyde piano, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Geoffrey Simon conductor

DULCIE HOLLAND 1913–2000
Piano Trio (1944)live recording
4 I. Allegro non troppo
5 II. Fast
6 III. Allegro maestoso
Eggner Trio

PEGGY GLANVILLE-HICKS 1912–1990
Etruscan Concerto (1954)
7 I. Promenade
8 II. Meditation
9 III. Scherzo
Caroline Almonte piano, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Richard Mills conductor

CD2

MARGARET SUTHERLAND 1897–1984
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (1960)
1 I. Allegro
2 II. Adagio
3 III. Allegro
Leonard Dommett violin, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Patrick Thomas conductor

ANNE BOYD b. 1946
4 As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams (1975)
The Contemporary Singers,
Antony Walker conductor

ELENA KATS-CHERNIN b. 1957
5 Russian Rag (1995 / 1996)
Sydney Alpha Ensemble,
David Stanhope conductor

MARIA GRENFELL b. 1969
Di Primavera (Of Spring) (1998 / 2001)
6 I. Lively and steadily
7 II. Rubato, espressivo
8 III. With energy and bounce
Claire Edwardes marimba,
Karin Schaupp guitar

SALLY WHITWELL b. 1974
9 Road Trip (2012)
Sally Walker flute, Sally Whitwell piano

KATE MOORE b. 1979
10 Fern (2012)
Ensemble Offspring

NICOLE MURPHY b. 1983
11 Spinning Top (2016)
Benaud Trio

BRENDA GIFFORD b. 1965arr. Jessica Wells
12 Bardju (Footprints) (2017)
Ensemble Offspring

OLIVIA BETTINA DAVIES b. 1988
13 Crystalline (2018)
ACO Collective

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