"100 Years" by Rita Crews, Julie Spithill


Music Teachers' Association of NSW - 1912 to 2012  
It is the history and pictorial record of the the Association which until 1979 was known as The Musical Association of NSW.  Meticulous records have been kept over the 100 years and these make for fascinating reading and have formed the basis of this publication.  Minutes of over 2000 meetings, newspaper and magazine articles, photographs, conference and concert programmes, all items of significance that contribute to the vibrant life of an organisation - a thumbnail sketch of a progressive and impressive organisation.  It looks at the glowing record of 100 years and the names that have become legendary:  W Arundal Orchard, Joseph Bradley, Godfrey Stirling, Frank Hutchens, Lindley Evans, Alfred Hill, Alexander Sverjensky, Miriam Hyde, Elizabeth Todd, Victor McMahon, Lady Margaret Gordon, Lady Valerie Heinze, Mrs Nancy Post ... the list of distinguished musicians, educators and supporters is endless.  Visiting dignitaries - names like Dame Nellie Melba, Percy Grainger, Sir Granville Bantock and Peter Dawson, added their own contribution and prestige to the Association.

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 ISBN 978 1 876829 26 1


Anzac Cove by Wendy Hiscocks


SATB, ca. 5'00.  Grade: Professional
Inspired by the beauty of Attatürk’s text, which is carved into a large stone plaque near the shoreline. Attatürk was the young officer who, at the time of the Gallipoli campaign, brilliantly led the Turkish forces in their successful defence against the Allied invasion and went on to become the founder and leader of modern Turkey. Discount for multiple parts contact keats@wirripang.com.au
Composed 2001            

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Australian Sunrise, The by Gavin Lockley

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Concert band with voice and choir, c.4'00
Words by James Lister Cuthbertson.  Audio sample used with permission:  The NSW Police Band under the Command of Snr. Sgt. Murray Mayday, conducted by Director of Music John Saunders.
Composed 2008 arr. 2014

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Australians Invading Turkey by Christina Whiteley

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Australians Invading Turkey
Music for piano was composed in 1915 by Joseph Bernard commemorating Gallipoli 1915.  Historical and pictorial introduction, and performance notes by Christina Whiteley. This 30 page book is a unique document as it presents a form of home entertainment from years long gone, and as such, may be considered an historical document as a reminder of Australians participation in World War I.


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 ISMN 9790720146317


Forms and Possibilities by Jonathan Little


Selected Verse (1983-2003) with an essay on Melancholia "The Muse of Bile".  An appreciation and a defence of the artist's temperament (1999). Includes 16 modern sonnets using antique forms - abounding in rhyme and rhythm.
 ISBN 9781876829230


In Flanders Fields SATB by Houston Dunleavy


SATB choir, c.5' 0
Text by Major John McCrae, date of composition 2015
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In Flanders Fields TTBB by Houston Dunleavy


SATB choir, c.5'0
Text by Major John McCrae
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 ISMN 9790720159263


Isabella by Vivien Arnold

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Ideal Music Theatre work for primary and secondary school students and adults.
Isabella [or The trials of a convicts maid] is a cross-genre piece - a combination of melodrama, pantomime and G&S.  The humour, using caricature, pun and slap-stick, is designed to cater for all ages.  Over the past three decades it has been regularly performed in schools and adult drama and operatic societies throughout Australia.
Composed 1977 rev 1979

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 ISMN 9790720171838


Job Pilgrim by Vivien Arnold

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Ideal Music Theatre work.
This work was informed and inspired by many contemporary theologians, psychologists, scientists and poets including Cynthia  Bourgeault, Richard Dawkins, Richard Rohr, John Saxbee, Eckhart Tolle, and Keith Ward, and those now dead including Meister Ekhart, TS Eliot, John Greenleaf Whittier, Hafiz, G M Hopkins, Rainer Rilke, Rumi,  and  in particular Carl Jung.  I have used their words both as quotes and libretti throughout.  I have also used Biblical texts.  The work is based on the Book of Job.
Inspiration also came from doctors, nursing staff and patients.
The script is loosely modelled on a miracle play. The music is enigmatic in the use of keys: Bb (be flat); C (see); C# (see sharply), B (Be); although, for the sake of variety, this idea isn’t used exclusively.
The choir of pilgrims, the quartet and many of the solos and duets by Christof and Sophia, act like a Greek chorus, commenting on the play
Although this is conceived as a dramatised oratorio, the music could stand alone as a whole or as separate items.  A second script - Faith Re-Found - (included as an addendum) is provided to hold much of the music together for performance as an oratorio with no dramatics.
Written and music composed 2014

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 ISMN 9790720171999


Leipzig Diary, The by Alfred Hill


The publication of this diary introduces a new perspective on several aspects of musical and social history. We learn through the eyes and ears of a budding young colonial composer about musical life in Leipzig in a Golden Age of musical history when the city was host to a steady stream of names who are now enshrined as the greatest of the greats from the Romantic era. We are treated to first-hand accounts of Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Bruch, Reinecke, Sarasate, Joachim, Strauss and Sitt, to mention but a few. Compiled and edited by Donald Maurice.
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 ISBN 978 876829 14 8


Man Called Thunderbolt, The by Vivien Arnold

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 Ideal Music Theatre work for higher school students and adults.

Fred Ward - alias Captain Thunderbolt - was Australia's longest lasting and most successful bushranger.  Over seven years he held people up in the New England area and was rumoured to have taken twenty thousand pounds.  Naturally this peeved a great many people.  However there were others who truly held him in esteem - even some of his victims.
This arose from admiration of his superb horsemanship, his unfailing politeness, his eschewed non-violence, his good humour and sense of fun, his soft-heartedness, his kindness to the orphaned, his championship of the underdog, and his sense of fair play.  In short, he was Australia's real life Robin Hood.
In sharp contrast, the authorities showed him no leniency at any stage.  Moreover, after his death, some believe accounts of his life were deliberately suppressed and expunged because he was a natural inspiration for the sort of republican rebellion they dreaded.  
His strong and passionate relationship with Maryanne Bugg - Queen Yellow Long - pointed to reconciliation with the first Australians.  Sadly their children were farmed out and the lineage lost.
This opera traces the story of their lives as a reality, albeit somewhat romanticised.  At the same time it examines attitudes and interests of the day in the young colony of New South Wales through using both anecdotes and written records.
Its large cast features people documented in the stories told about Ward.  All chorus members are required to have speaking or solo/ensemble singing roles so this is not a production that asks people to sit around back-stage for slabs of time.  The original staging comprised large blocks that could be quickly rearranged for set changes.  This too was the job of the entire cast, who sometimes turned their backs to the audience forming human walls as part of the set.  Costuming is inexpensive.  
The work was written for an amateur society with a cast of around 50 (good for ticket sales!).  It received critical acclaim when it was staged in 1988 for the bicentennial.  Being an historic piece it has not dated.


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 ISMN 9790720171173


Max Cooke's Life in Music by Max Cooke & Fay Woodhouse


Pedagogue on the Platform.
A lifelong love of music, in particular piano, has led to a noteworthy career of Victorian, Max Cooke. Now in his 80s, Max is Professor of Music at Melbourne University where he has taught since 1952.  He has been the Dean of the Faculty of Music at the University, he is the Director of the Team of Pianists and has played in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as well as the ABC.
During World War II he left behind an arts and music degree and spent four years stationed in Darwin as a radio technician. With his love of music (and languages) he forged on and ultimately became the co-designer, with Darryl Coote, of the Australian National Piano Award which, with attractive prize money, was to promote and encourage students who had already established themselves in the profession .
In 1998 he was awared the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
The book contains a CD of 20 tracks with Max performorming a wonderful variety of works.
 ISBN: 978 0 646 53952 2