String instruments

WorkInstrumentationWork Duration
Little Jig
  • Solo Violin
30sec
Encore de Lírico
  • Duo: Piano & Double Bass
  • Duo: Marimba & Double Bass
  • Solo Piano
3min 30sec
Poems I, II, III
  • Duo: Cello & Piano
  • Duo: Guitar & Piano
  • Duo: Flute & Piano
  • Duo: Violin & Piano
  • Duo: Viola & Piano
6min 40sec
Summer Beckons
  • Duo: Violin & Piano
  • Duo: Clarinet & Piano
  • Duo: Flute & Piano
3min
Quietude
  • Trio: Clarinet, Violin, Piano
6min
The Strawberry Thief
  • Trio: Flute, Cello, Piano (Advanced)
  • Trio: Flute, Cello, Piano (Intermediate)
  • Trio: Clarinet, Cello, Piano
3min
Don't Forget Your Music
  • Septet: Flute, Clarinet, String Quartet, Piano
  • Quintet: String Quartet, Piano
6min 30sec
Fantasia
  • Quintet: 3x Bb Clarinets, Bass Clarinet, Piano
  • Quintet: String Quartet, Piano
5min 30sec
The Feud Suite
  • Quintet: String Quartet, Piano + Narrator (opt. Soprano)
  • String Orchestra, Piano, Narrator (opt. Soprano)
7min
7 Great Inventions of the Modern Industrial Age
  • Pierrot Ensemble + Perc.
59min

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Little Jig

A delightful little jig! Has some (not too difficult) LH pizzicato.

Instrumentation: Solo Violin
Duration: 30sec
Year: 2009
Filed under: Instrumental: Solo & Duo; String instruments

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

Poems I, II, III

Poems [I, II, III] is a collection of 3 short works for violoncello and piano have been inspired by Reynaldo Hahn's exquisite French mélodie pieces. Every note has been carefully written to paint the warmth of expression: a whisper or a tenderness, deep sorrow or the beauty of stillness. There are little moments of shimmering piano accompaniment reminiscent of the music of Philip Glass, which supports the lyrical cello voice. Due to many requests from violinists and flautists (etc.) the composer has since re-scored the work for other instrumental settings.

The pieces are influenced by 'Roses du Soir' by Pierre Louys:

Roses du Soir (Evening Roses)

As soon as night rises in the sky, the world belongs to us, and to the gods.
We go from field to spring, from dark wood to forest glade, wherever our bare feet lead us.
Tiny stars shine just enough for the tiny shadows that we are. Sometimes, under the low-hanging boughs, we come across hinds asleep.

But more alluring than anything else at night-time is a spot known only to us
and which entices us into the forest: a mysterious rose bush.
For there is nothing so divine on earth as to compare with the scent of roses in the night.
How is it that when I was alone I did not feel intoxicated by it?

Instrumentation: Duo: Cello & Piano
Duration: 6min 40sec
Difficulty: Advanced
Year: 2013
Movements:
Poem I
Poem II
Poem III
Filed under: Instrumental: Solo & Duo; String instruments
Instrumentation: Duo: Guitar & Piano - Note that this arrangement is for Poem III only.
Duration: 2min 30sec
Year: 2020
Commissioned by: (revised scoring for guitar and piano) Matt Withers and Sally Whitwell for their ABC Classic recording
Movements:
Poem III only
Filed under: Instrumental: Solo & Duo
Instrumentation: Duo: Flute & Piano
Duration: 6min 40sec
Year: 2018
Commissioned by: (revised scoring for flute and piano) Sally Walker
Movements:
Poem I
Poem II
Poem III
Filed under: Instrumental: Solo & Duo; Woodwind instruments
Instrumentation: Duo: Violin & Piano
Duration: 6min 40sec
Year: 2017
Movements:
Poem I
Poem II
Poem III
Filed under: Instrumental: Solo & Duo; String instruments
Instrumentation: Duo: Viola & Piano
Duration: 6min 40sec
Year: 2019
Movements:
Poem I
Poem II
Poem III
Filed under: Instrumental: Solo & Duo; String instruments

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

Quietude

Commissioned by PLEXUS for their 'Post-Patriarchal' concert, paying tribute to the sacrifices made during the turmoil of the First World War.

Opening with a fragile and exposed line intertwining the violin and clarinet, symbolising both comradery and the white clouds which move 'in silent lines across the untroubled blue'. The setting is soon interrupted by a dark and troubled piano figure which echoes the memories of the destruction from the battlefield. This material slowly erodes and becomes more disfigured and unsettled as the piece progresses. The climax, full of jarring rhythms and angular intervals (which are based on inversions and systematic increases or decreases in pitch based on the original melodic material) is expressive of the mental shock endured by those undertaking therapy for post traumatic stress disorder. The piece concludes with a restating of the original theme, but this time includes a sparse piano accompaniment to add to the harmonic framework, hinting at the futility of war and the immense waste and suffering that comes from wars.

The piece explores the mental anguish of returning soldiers and takes inspiration from Richard Aldington's poem Bombardment.

Four days the earth was rent and torn
By bursting steel,
The houses fell about us;
Three nights we dared not sleep,
Sweating, and listening for the imminent crash
Which meant our death.

The fourth night every man,
Nerve-tortured, racked to exhaustion,
Slept, muttering and twitching,
While the shells crashed overhead.

The fifth day there came a hush;
We left our holes
And looked above the wreckage of the earth
To where the white clouds moved in silent lines
Across the untroubled blue.

Instrumentation: Trio: Clarinet, Violin, Piano
Duration: 6min
Difficulty: Advanced
Year: 2015
Commissioned by: PLEXUS
Filed under: Chamber: Trio to Large Ensemble; String instruments; 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

Don't Forget Your Music

When composing the work, Greenaway drew inspiration from the following key questions:

How do we reach our full potential? What does it take to get to the top of our game? Passion? Commitment? Sacrifice? Motivation? Grit? Obsessive devotion? 10,000+ hours of focused practice or study? Genetics?

Pull up your sleeves and hold on tight – the musicians are in it to win it in the mad dash to the finish line!

Commissioned by Bangalow Music Festival in 2016 to specially feature Southern Cross Soloists.

The piece has since been rescored for strings with piano for the University of Canberra to feature Wicked-Strings! Ensemble at the university's graduation ceremonies.

Instrumentation: Septet: Flute, Clarinet, String Quartet, Piano
Duration: 6min 30sec
Year: 2016
Commissioned by: Bangalow Music Festival
Filed under: Chamber: Trio to Large Ensemble; Woodwind instruments
Instrumentation: Quintet: String Quartet, Piano - Optional addition of Double Bass to make Sextet sized ensemble
Duration: 6min 30sec
Year: 2018
Commissioned by: (this arrangement) Tim Wickham (Wicked-Strings!) and University of Canberra
Filed under: Chamber: Trio to Large Ensemble; String instruments

Fantasia

Inspired by the late Classical and early Romantic eras, the piece is inspired by Schubert, Beethoven, Mozart and perhaps a little bit of Debussy (and some modern-day film inspiration). Commissioned by Canberra Grammar School as part of their Silver Anniversary of the Evening of Fine Music, August 2011.

Written in 3 short movements: The opening movement is 'Allegro quasi fantasia' with a shimmering piano accompaniment (and hints of Dr Who). The middle movement is 'Largo - molto legato e espressivo' with a soaring lead clarinet line reminiscent of Mozart's famous Clarinet Concerto. The second movement segues into the final movement, a fast and exciting 'Maestoso' with hints of Pirates of the Caribbean.

The composer has since created an arrangement for string quartet (or quintet) with piano.

Instrumentation: Quintet: 3x Bb Clarinets, Bass Clarinet, Piano
Duration: 5min 30sec
Year: 2011
Commissioned by: Canberra Grammar School, for their Silver Anniversary of their 'Evening of Fine Music'.
Movements:
1. Allegro quasie fantasia
2. Largo (molto legato e espressivo)
3. Maestoso
Filed under: Chamber: Trio to Large Ensemble; Woodwind instruments; School Ensembles
Instrumentation: Quintet: String Quartet, Piano - Optional addition of Double Bass to make Sextet sized ensemble
Duration: 5min 30sec
Year: 2016
Commissioned by: (this arrangement) Tim Wickham and his ensemble 'Wicked-Strings!'
Movements:
1. Allegro quasie fantasia
2. Largo (molto legato e espressivo)
3. Maestoso
Filed under: Chamber: Trio to Large Ensemble; String instruments

The Feud Suite

The Feud Suite is a collection of 7 short movements of music separated by vivid poetry. The music for this suite was originally composed for an original film sound track for the short film The Nest directed by Em Cooper (London, UK). Upon returning to Canberra, I wanted to re-work the music score into a suite for concert hall and collaborated with Canberra writer Tanya Kiermaier, whose poetry harks poignantly towards the darker side of Australia's Montague Island history, with the following evocative poetry :

"...Through the bitterness of dark, the light circles,
deep and silent as the universe.
while wind flaps and hums through snarls of kikuyu
whips round the children’s graves
and flings itself out into the spreadeagled ocean..."

Instrumentation: Quintet: String Quartet, Piano + Narrator (opt. Soprano) - The poetry narration may be performed by a Soprano as one of the movements has an optional vocalise descant for soprano. Scored to work equally well for string quartet (or opt. quintet with optional Double Bass) or String Orchestra.
Duration: 7min
Difficulty: Medium
Year: 2014
Commissioned by: Em Cooper (UK) for her short film The Nest
Text/libretto/lyrics by: Tanya Kiermaier
Movements:
1. Wind, Sky, Shape Shifting Clouds
2. Dischod in Conversation
3. Unfeather Your Soul
4. On The Edge
5. Snarls of Kikuyu
6. The Children's Graves
Filed under: Chamber: Trio to Large Ensemble; Dramatic Music; Orchestral, Wind Symphony, Brass Band; String instruments
Instrumentation: String Orchestra, Piano, Narrator (opt. Soprano) - The poetry narration may be performed by a Soprano as one of the movements has an optional vocalise descant for soprano. Scored to work equally well for string quartet (or opt. quintet with optional Double Bass) or String Orchestra.
Duration: 7min
Difficulty: Medium
Year: 2014
Commissioned by: Em Cooper (UK) for her short film The Nest
Text/libretto/lyrics by: Tanya Kiermaier
Movements:
1. Wind, Sky, Shape Shifting Clouds
2. Dischod in Conversation
3. Unfeather Your Soul
4. On The Edge
5. Snarls of Kikuyu
6. The Children's Graves
Filed under: Chamber: Trio to Large Ensemble; Dramatic Music; Orchestral, Wind Symphony, Brass Band

7 Great Inventions of the Modern Industrial Age

Embark upon a provoking and entertaining journey through 7 innovations that continue to shape humanity, the way we behave and the way we think.

Humanity has always sought to extend the boundaries of knowledge through innovation and discovery.
Yet, just over a hundred years ago there was no space travel, bionic ear, cinema, telephone network…
Or atomic bomb.

The innovation of the 20th century created opportunities and choices like never before.
And it changed us.


New music, old objects, an actor/ress and a chamber sextet combine in a dramatic work inspired by 20th century inventions that changed our lives forever.

Driven by celebrated Australian composer Sally Greenaway, featuring new music champions Syzygy Ensemble, a delightful and whimsical script by Paul Bissett and Catherine Prosser brought to life through a local actor (cast for each show).
Accompanied by stunning set and lighting design with over 100 historic 20th C. items long forgotten or since taken for granted.

Instrumentation: Pierrot Ensemble + Perc. - Flute (doubling Alto Flute), Bb Clarinet (doubling Bass Clarinet), Violin, Cello, Piano, Percussion (doubling drum kit)
Duration: 59min
Year: 2016
Commissioned by: Merlyn Myer Composing Women's Award in conjunction with Melbourne Recital Centre
Awards: APRA Art Music Awards 2017, Instrumental Work of the Year: Winner ACT State Award
Text/libretto/lyrics by: Magenius (Catherine Prosser, Paul Bissett)
Movements:
1. Invention-Reinvention
2. Telecommunications
3a. Prelude to Convenience
3b. The Age of Convenience
4. The Mechanical Brain
5a. And So Begins Massed World Warfare
5b. Postlude: Hymn to Freedom
6. The Miracles of Modern Medicine
7. The Advent of Cinema
8. Finale: The 7 Great Inventions.
Filed under: Dramatic Music; Woodwind instruments; String instruments