Antarctica by Antonietta Loffredo


New music for toy piano and/or piano played by Antonietta Loffredo.
Another exciting University of Western Sydney project of newly composed works inspired by the landscapes and atmospheres of one of the most fascinating continents on the planet.  Antarctica is considered an inhospitable continent but it has fascinated and inspired not only travellers, scientists, researchers but musicians and writers.  This program of eleven composers from five countries draws on the sounds of the piano, and the clear, distinctive sound of two toy pianos, into their works. This music been performed by Antonietta in Australia and Italy.
Antarctica volume of the scores will be available online in early May.
Wirr 059

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 1  Inside Silence  - Sara Carvalho (Portugal)
 2  The Blue Ice Cave - Diana Blom (Australia)
 3  Implacable Ice - Mercedes Zavala (Spain)
 4  "A" As Antarctica - Francesco Schweizer (Italy)
 5   Percorso A - Stefano Procaccioli (Italy)
 6   Erebus - Chris Adams (New Zealand)
 7  HeartBroken Star In The Dream Winds Of Endless Night - Nathan Wilson (Australia)
 8  Isola di memorie - Paolo Longo (Italy)
 9  Antarctica Suite - Gian Gaolo Luppi (Italy)
 10  Icewhite (penguin's steps in the eternity of nothing) - Antonio Giacometti (Italy)
 11  Iceberg Variations - Paul Smith (Australia)



Antarctica - volume by various composers


11 pieces for piano and/or toy piano by composers in collaboration from Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Portugal and Spain.  A volume of newly composed works inspired by the landscapes and atmospheres of one of the most fascinating continents. While Antarctica is considered the most inhospitable continent on the planet, its beauty and mystery have fascinated not only travellers, scientists and researchers, but painters, musicians and writers.
In crossing continents, the University of Western Sydney was able to bring this amazing project together and with pianist, Antonietta Loffredo performing these works in Italy and Australia and recording the pieces for CD - Antarctica Wirr 059, released by Wirripang, also available online.

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  Inside Silence (Sara Carvalho, Portugal) and audio
  The Blue Ice Cave (Diana Blom, Australia) and audio
  Implacable Ice (Mercedes Zavala, Spain) and audio
  "A" As Antarctica (Francesco Schweizer, Italy) and audio
  Percorso "A" (Stefano Procaccioli, Italy) and audio
  Erebus (Chris Adams, New Zealand) and audio
  HeartBroken Star In The Dream Winds Of Endless Night (Nathan Wilson, Australia) and audio
  Isola di memorie (Paolo Longo, Italy) and audio
  Antarctica Suite (Gian Paolo Luppi) and audio
  Icewhite (Penguin's Steps in the Eternity of Nothing) (Antonio Giacometti, Italy) and audio
  Iceberg Variations (Paul Smith, Australia) and audio


 ISMN 9790720140827


Blue Ice Cave, The by Diana Blom


The Blue Ice Cave for piano and toy piano was influenced by a photograph of a blue ice cave in Antarctica. The piece explores the toy piano as a colour which highlights and enhances aspects of the piano writing.  This piece forms part of a project titled, "Antarctica",  a collection of piano pieces for toy piano by composers from Italy, Spain, Portugal, New Zealand and Australia.  The project was instigated by Diana Blom and all pieces were recorded by the Italian pianist, Antoinetta Lofrredo (both volume and recording available online).
Composed 2013.
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 ISMN 9790720171647


Drawing Firewheels by Diana Blom


For solo piano and toy piano (one player), c.5'50
This works was inspired by a drawing of the Australian rainforest tree, Stenocarpus sinatus (Firewheel Tree), with its distinctive wheel-like inflorescences and mature fruits and seeds,  shaped this work, the sound gestures and the sustain pedal as "sound brush" colouring specified notes and note groups.
Composed 2016
New Music for Multiple Keyboards (Track 11 Disc One) CD Wirr 089 is available online
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Earth Tones by Diana Blom


Solo for toy piano, c.5'30.  Advanced grade
Composed 2014
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Impromobile by Michael Hannan


Piano for four hands, c.4'20.
The composer coined the term "impromobile" to combine the idea of the musical mobile (a series of musical fragments that can be played in any order at the discretion of the performer) with the idea of improvisation. In this work the performers are each presented with ten short musical fragments and instructed to play at least eight of them in any order and to extend them all by improvisation. The performers are advised to analyse the work (both primo and secondo parts) in order to assist with the process of improvisation and facilitate ensemble coherence. .
Composed 2016
Recorded on New Music for Multiple Keyboards, Wirr089, available online


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Impromobile - sheet music
Take One:
Take Two:

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 ISMN 9790720209197


New Music for Multiple Keyboards by Blom, Hannan,


 for piano, toy piano, harpsichord, MIDI piano
Diana Blom and Michael Hannan, the curators and producers of this double CD of new music for multiple keyboards, were students together at the Department of Music of the University of Sydney in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Both were also studying harpsichord with Dorothy White in this period.
When she was on the staff of ABC music in the mid-1970s, Diana Blom produced recordings of Michael Hannan playing Peter Sculthorpe's Koto Musics and Landscape, works that involve multitracking of extended technique piano parts. These recordings were subsequently released on a Move Records LP and later re-released on several Move Records CDs. In 2006 Diana and Michael presented concerts of a dozen or so of their solo piano works in both Sydney where Diana lives, and in Nimbin where Michael lives. The concerts included performances by them of Diana's The Green Man Dances for piano duet. This piece was included on the Multiple Keyboards project but played, on this occasion, by Jennifer MacRitchie and Pablo Puentes.
Since that piano performance project, Michael and Diana have collaborated on several composition repertoire-creation projects, notably the Shadows and Silhouettes performance at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 2010. This project, initially involving Australian composers writing piano pieces influenced by Chinese culture, was eventually taken up by Italian pianist, Antonietta Loffredo, resulting in the Shadows and Silhouettes CD (Wirripang, Wirr 047, 2012) which includes Chinese culture-inspired works from Australia, Italy, Singapore and Malaysia.
The idea of the "Multiple Keyboards" project sprang from these earlier experiences. In discussion, Diana and Michael felt they would like to create an album of new works that fitted the general principle of two or more keyboardists playing on one or more keyboard instruments. The instrumentation is dominated by pianos and toy pianos (and combinations thereof), but there is one work for multi-tracked harpsichords and another for multi-tracked MIDI electric pianos.
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Wirr 089


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Cloudcatcher I (Michael Hannan)
1.  i  Flight
2.  ii  Meditation
3. iii Vibration
4.  iv  Birdsong
5.  Music Battuta: Double Toy Piano Étude for One Soloist No. 438 (Andrián Pertout)
6.  Two Chinese Folk Songs - "Little Cabbage" (Diana Blom)
7.  Impromobile - Take 2 (Michael Hannan)
8.  Sunshower (Felicity Martin)
9.  Two Chinese Folk Songs - "Fisherman's Joy" (Diana Blom)
10. Calder's Surprise - Take 2 (Diana Blom)
11. Drawing Firewheels (Diana Blom)
Landscape/Soundscape I (Michael Hannan)
12.  i
13.  ii
14.  iii
15.  Braided River (Diana Blom)
1.   Freefall (Diana Blom)
2.   Holding Masks (Paul Smith)
3.   After the rain (Diana Blom)
4.   Impromobile - Take 2 (Michael Hannan)
Riff Madness III (Michael Hannan)
5.   i
6.   ii
7.   iii
8.  The Greenmann Dance (Diana Blom)
9.  Calder's Surprise - Take 1 (Diana Blom)
10. Clutter (Paul Smith)
11. River Circles (Diana Blom)
12. Landscape/Soundscape II (Michael Hannan)



Pilgrimage by Michael Hannan


For toy piano
Composed 2015


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 ISMN 9790720159652


Riff Madness III by Michael Hannan


For two toy grand pianos, c.6'30.
A riff is a distinctive short melodic/rhythmic pattern that is repeated to create the foundation for a groove in African-American styles of music such as blues and funk.  Riff Madness III is three movements, written for two three-octave (37 keys) toy pianos.
Composed 2016
Recorded on New Music for Multiple Keyboards, Wirr089, available online


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Mov I
Mov. II
Mov. III

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 ISMN 9790720209203