chamber music

Red Moon  shakuhachi & harpsichord (2006)

Red Moon was composed for a concert of the Melbourne Composers League, and was premiered on 10 December 2006 at Richmond Town Hall, Melbourne by Anne Norman (shakuhachi) and Peter Hagen (harpsichord).

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Innocence II  violin & piano (2006)

Innocence 2 was composed for Elizabeth Sellars and Kenji Fujimura and premiered on 10th September 2006 at St. Michael's Church, Melbourne. The work is a companion piece to the earlier Innocence.

Nokturnu 1  violin, cello, piano & vibes (2006)

Nokturnu I was composed in July 2006, "Nokturnu" being the Polish word for "Nocturne".

Miniatura II  flute & 2 violins (2006)

Miniatura II was composed for the New York Miniaturist Ensemble and premiered on 27th March 2006 at the Cornelia Street Cafe, New York, USA.

Miniatura I  violin & viola (2005)

Miniatura 1 was composed for the New York Miniaturist Ensemble and premiered on 27th October 2005 at the Juilliard School in Lincoln Center, New York, USA.

At the Grave of Dmitri Shostakovich  vioin & cello (2004)

"In 2001 I spent some time in Moscow, and visited the Novodevichy Cemetery, where Shostakovich is buried - along with many of the luminaries of Russian culture. This work is a homage to Shostakovich, and a musical interpretation of the very moving experience of visiting his grave."

Wind Quintet (2004)

This work of approximately 13 minutes duration was written for the Canberra Wind Soloists, who gave the premiere at the IDRS convention in June 2004, at Monash University, Melbourne.

Conversations  3 clarinettists & electronics (2003)

Conversations is a collaborative work involving 6 composers: Steve Adam, Philip Czaplowski, Robin Fox, Russell Goodwin, Peter Myers, and Thomas Reiner.

The piece is the outcome of a research project funded by a Research Innovation Grant from the Faculty of Arts, Monash University, and its composition took place over a period of approximately 9 months prior to the first performance on 12th June 2003 in the Drama Theatre, Performing Arts Centre, Monash University.

Conversations has a duration of about 40 minutes.

Conversations is available on CD from Move Records

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On the Move... trumpet, horn in F, & tenor trombone (1999)

"This is a short trio for trumpet in C, horn in F, & tenor trombone, which is a musical portrait of Sir John Monash (1865-1931), one of Australia's most significant military leaders. Below is a brief biography."

Born in Melbourne, Monash studied at Scotch College and Melbourne University, becoming a civil engineer. In this capacity he pioneered the use of reinforced concrete, building bridges and railways. During the First World War, he commanded the 4th Australian Brigade at Gallipoli (1914-5), the 3rd Australian Division in France (1916), and the Australian Corps as lieutenant-general (1918). One of the most highly regarded generals of World War 1, Monash was particularly respected for his thoroughness and planning skills. After the war, Monash organised the repatriation of Australian troops, and went on to make major contributions to Australian civilian life, serving on many boards and committees. Victoria's second university was named after him in 1958.

"The title of the piece therefore refers not only to Monash's military achievements, but also his significant role in the development of Australia."

On the Move... is published by Red House Editions in an anthology of brass music entitled Portraits.

Innocence violin & piano (1998)

"'Innocence' for violin & piano was written for Deborah Fox - one of Melbourne's outstanding violinists. The piece was written very quickly (on Sunday 30th August) and has a duration of about 8 minutes. The first performance was given by Deborah, with myself at the piano, at the Preshil School, Melbourne, on Sunday 29th November 1998.

Deborah Fox, of the Melbourne Symphony, was the concert master at the premiere performances of my Concerto for oboe and strings and 'Threnody' for string orchestra, and her beautiful playing of the solo violin passage in 'Threnody' helped set the tone for this new work.

Innocence is really an elegy, with the tempo remaining constant throughout. The piano part consists of a repeated harmonic pattern, which provides a fairly simple harmonic and textural ground over which the violin weaves long phrases of melody. The violin part was kindly edited by Deborah Fox.

I chose the title 'Innocence' because of its suggestive and varied meanings, and also because the notion of innocence exists relative to its opposing conditions or behaviours."

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Personae oboe, clarinet & bassoon (1996)

Personae is a trio for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and was written for the Australian Chamber Soloists 1996 season. It was written during June/July 1996, and has a duration of approx. 9 minutes. 'Personae' was first performed by Jeffrey Crellin (ob), Phillip Miechell (cl) and Amanda Lee (bsn) in Melba Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, on Sunday July 7th 1996.

Trio oboe, flute & 'cello (1994)

This piece was written during April/May 1994 for Prudence Davis (fl), Jeffrey Crellin (ob) and Phillip Green (vc). It has a duration of about 9 minutes, and was first performed at 'Music in the Round' concerts, in Melbourne on 21st & 22nd May 1994.

The work explores some of the timbral & textural possibilities of the ensemble, juxtaposing lyrical passages with sections of aleotoric writing, somewhat in the style of Lutoslawski.