HSC & Education

WorkInstrumentationDifficulty/LevelWork Duration
Summer Beckons
  • Duo: Violin & Piano
  • Duo: Clarinet & Piano
  • Duo: Flute & Piano
Advanced3min
The Strawberry Thief
  • Trio: Flute, Cello, Piano (Advanced)
  • Trio: Flute, Cello, Piano (Intermediate)
  • Trio: Clarinet, Cello, Piano
Intermediate (suitable for good high school students)3min
Mechanical Brain
  • Solo Piano
Grade 4-53min 30sec
Encore de Lírico
  • Duo: Piano & Double Bass
  • Duo: Marimba & Double Bass
  • Solo Piano
Grade 4-53min 30sec
Dawn of Evening
  • Solo Piano
Grade 5-63min 30sec
The Advent of Cinema
  • Solo Piano
Grade 7-82min
Étude in F minor
  • Solo Piano
Grade 8+ 7min 50sec

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Summer Beckons

Summer Beckons captures the beauty of the leafy growth in a walled garden:
'...in Summer the walls are covered with blossoms and buds and tendrils reaching...'

The piece was written as a response to Martina Hoffman's poem 'My Love is a House'. Several composers were commissioned by Thea Zimple to create a song cycle bringing to musical life the text of Hoffman's poem (with poetry and music interwoven with narrator and music ensemble).

The introduction and middle sections evoke the shimmering of water fountains. The music expands with a vivid and joyful wonder as the vine tendrils twirl, seeking their next grip hold as they face their leaves towards the warmth of the sun: the beauty and bounty of Summer growth!

The original scoring of this work was for flute and piano, but the composer has also re-worked the music violin and piano.

'...in Summer the walls are covered with blossoms and buds and tendrils reaching...'

Instrumentation: Duo: Violin & Piano
Duration: 3min
Difficulty: Advanced
Year: 2015
Commissioned by: Thea Zimpel as part of a group commissioning project to create a new song cycle consisting of works by established and emerging Australian composers. Each composition combined to create a song cycle inspired by Martina Hoffman's poem 'My Love is a House'.
Filed under: Instrumental: Solo & Duo; HSC & Education; String instruments
Instrumentation: Duo: Clarinet & Piano
Duration: 3min
Difficulty: Advanced
Year: 2016
Commissioned by: Thea Zimpel as part of a group commissioning project to create a new song cycle consisting of works by established and emerging Australian composers. Each composition combined to create a song cycle inspired by Martina Hoffman's poem 'My Love is a House'.
Filed under: Instrumental: Solo & Duo; Woodwind instruments
Instrumentation: Duo: Flute & Piano
Duration: 3min
Difficulty: Advanced
Year: 2014
Commissioned by: Thea Zimpel as part of a group commissioning project to create a new song cycle consisting of works by established and emerging Australian composers. Each composition combined to create a song cycle inspired by Martina Hoffman's poem 'My Love is a House'.
Filed under: Instrumental: Solo & Duo; Woodwind instruments

The Strawberry Thief

A world of strawberries, birds, gardens and cheeky foxes comes to life in this collection of 3 short works written to commemorate 40 years of marriage - Stephanie and Ross Burton's 'Ruby' Wedding Anniversary.

During the composition process, the Burtons sent Greenaway ideas of inspiration, which weaved their way into the music.

Instrumentation: Trio: Flute, Cello, Piano (Advanced) - Advanced version
Duration: 8min
Difficulty: Advanced
Year: 2015
Commissioned by: Stephanie and Ross Burton in celebration of their Ruby Wedding Anniversary.
Movements:
1. The Strawberry Thief
2. The Secret Garden
3. The Little Red Fox
Filed under: Chamber: Trio to Large Ensemble; Woodwind instruments
Instrumentation: Trio: Flute, Cello, Piano (Intermediate) - Intermediate level (suitable for good high school students).

Second movement "The Secret Garden" only (for all 3 movements refer to the 'Advanced' version).
Duration: 3min
Difficulty: Intermediate (suitable for good high school students)
Year: 2018
Commissioned by: Stephanie and Ross Burton in celebration of their Ruby Wedding Anniversary.
Movements:
2. The Secret Garden
Filed under: Chamber: Trio to Large Ensemble; HSC & Education; Woodwind instruments; String instruments; School Ensembles
Instrumentation: Trio: Clarinet, Cello, Piano - Advanced version
Duration: 8min
Difficulty: Advanced
Year: 2017
Commissioned by: Stephanie and Ross Burton in celebration of their Ruby Wedding Anniversary.
Movements:
1. The Strawberry Thief
2. The Secret Garden
3. The Little Red Fox
Filed under: Chamber: Trio to Large Ensemble; Woodwind instruments; String instruments

Mechanical Brain

With a flick of a switch we are teleported to a world of vacuum tubes, logic boards and electrical relays: the dawn of electro-mechanical artificial intelligence. The music pulses and hums, mirroring electrical current. The piano chords ping at specifically determined rhythmic calculations, inspired by the letters from the ENIGMA code (for sending encrypted messages during WW2). The binary dynamic markings produce contrasting, structured, frenetic activity, signifying the computational noises of the Bombe decryption device - the world's first digital computer.

This is a solo piano reduction of a movement from the dramatic music work The 7 Great Inventions of the Modern Industrial Age for chamber ensemble, actor, set design and lighting design. The full large-scale work was commisisoned by the Myer Foundation in conjunction with Melbourne Recital Centre in 2016.

Instrumentation: Solo Piano
Style: Minimalism
Duration: 3min 30sec
Difficulty: Grade 4-5
Year: 2017
Filed under: Piano: Solo & Duets; HSC & Education

Encore de Lírico

Originally conceived as a solo guitar work for John Couch titled De La Luz - In the Light as part of a set with a sister piece titled Sin Luz - Without Light.

With a feeling of quiet affirmation, the piece delicately unfolds with hints of jazz and folk sensibilities. Given the beauty and popularity of this piece, the composer has since re-arranged it for other instruments and re-named these versions as Encore de Lirico to distinguish them from the original solo guitar version.

Instrumentation: Duo: Piano & Double Bass
Duration: 3min 30sec
Difficulty: Intermediate-Advanced
Year: 2014
Filed under: Instrumental: Solo & Duo; String instruments
Instrumentation: Duo: Marimba & Double Bass
Duration: 3min 30sec
Difficulty: Intermediate-Advanced
Year: 2014
Commissioned by: (revised scoring for marimba and double bass) Piers Lane for the Australian Festival of Chamber Music 2017.
Filed under: Instrumental: Solo & Duo; Percussion instruments
Instrumentation: Solo Piano
Style: Lyrical
Duration: 3min 30sec
Difficulty: Grade 4-5
Year: 2018
Filed under: Piano: Solo & Duets; HSC & Education

Dawn of Evening

This solo piano piece is a quiet, broody vignette - depicting night music similar to a Nocturne. It has been influenced by the beauty of classical music as well as Irish folk music. The pianist is encouraged to sculpt the work in their own way by adding their own inflexions and ornamentation in a quasi improvisatory fashion.

The world premiere performance of this piece was by ARIA Award winning pianist Sally Whitwell in October 2012.

Instrumentation: Solo Piano
Style: Lyrical
Duration: 3min 30sec
Difficulty: Grade 5-6
Year: 2008
Filed under: Piano: Solo & Duets; HSC & Education

The Advent of Cinema

"Mastery of light and sound allowed us to project humanity onto the silver screen, captured for generations to come."

Recreating the sounds of the cinematic age, the piece waltzes with atmospheric, dark undertones. The piece builds into a vibrant circus dance with chromatic treble runs, before dying away to a beautifully alluring and introspective finish.

This is a solo piano reduction of a movement from the dramatic music work The 7 Great Inventions of the Modern Industrial Age for chamber ensemble, actor, set design and lighting design. The full large-scale work was commisisoned by the Myer Foundation in conjunction with Melbourne Recital Centre in 2016.

Instrumentation: Solo Piano
Style: Lyrical, Cinematic
Duration: 2min
Difficulty: Grade 7-8
Year: 2017
Filed under: Piano: Solo & Duets; HSC & Education

Étude in F minor

Written specially for the Chopin Composition Competition Australia in 2012 - the competition was folded before the judging due to the upheaval of the ANU School of Music where the Chopin Piano Competition (and Chopin Composition Competition) was meant to take place.

The piece explores the technical requirements of performing a consistent octave quaver pattern beneath a beautiful, introspective melody. The mood and colour of this piece is very similar to Chopin's Nocturnes and is directly inspired by his Prelude Op. 28 no. 2 in A minor; and Nocturne Op. posth no. 20 in C# minor.

Instrumentation: Solo Piano
Style: Chopin-inspired
Duration: 7min 50sec
Difficulty: Grade 8+
Year: 2012
Filed under: Piano: Solo & Duets; HSC & Education