"REMEMBERING ADRIAN BRAUN" JADCD 1073 and featuring AUSTRALIAN MUSIC FOR FILM - JADCD 1073
Works by: Derek Strahan, Ann Carr-Boyd, Colin Brumby, Robert Allworth, Eric Gross, Dulcie Holland, Ian Shanahan. Duration: 71.00
This CD contains two 15 minute Suites of film music by Strahan: "Cult of Diana" (1992) and "Fantasy" (1990) both scored for virtual orchestra (synthesizer) with live flute (Michael Scott) and saxophone (Graeme Lyall) in "Cult".
Four fine elegiac solo piano works are featured, as follows: two are performed by Dulcie Holland, her own "Four Aspects" and the title track by Allworth; Brumby gives his own "Twilight Pastoral" and Simon Docking contributes Shanahan's highly individual "Arc Of Light" (1993). Imaginative scoring for organ and strings distinguishes Carr-Boyd's "Music For A Space Journey" (1974). Gross and Allworth provide contrasting piano & mandolin pieces.
MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE MUSIC & PERFORMERS:
ROBERT ALLWORTH (b. 1943)
TRACK 1 - REMEMBERING ADRIAN BRAUN (1997) A short piano piece, written in Twelve Note style, dedicated to the memory of Captain Adrian Braun who was tragically killed in a car accident on the 4th of September 1987.( "WHERE NO SHADOWS FALL" is another composition by Robert Allworth dedicated to his memory, and the CD of that title is available at CDBaby.) "Remembering Adrian Braun" is also dedicated to Jane and Audrey Braun.
Performance: Dulcie Holland, piano.
TRACK 7 - THE FOUNTAINHEAD (1993). Derives its title from Ayn Rand's book of 1943. A Hollywood movie by the same name was also made, featuring the actor Gary Cooper and actress Patricia Neal. Ayn Rand once said "Happiness is a state of joy without penalty." The composer attempts to portray the objectivity and power of Ayn Rand's philosophy in his music. The composition is dedicated to the memory of Ayn Rand a great and significant author of powerful novels, who was
influenced to some degree by the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.
Performance: Michael Hooper, mandolin; Katrina Kroslakova, piano.
DULCIE HOLLAND (1913 - 2000).
FOUR ASPECTS FOR PIANO SOLO (1996). An expression in music of the concerns of the National Association for Loss and Grief, who commissioned this work for their Joint Conference held at the University of Sydney in May 1997 where it was first performed.
TRACK 4 - GRIEVING: slow, sometimes anguished sometimes pleading. The repeated bass notes suggest persistent thoughts of grief and loss.
TRACK 2 - STRESS: agitated, angular and rhythmically disturbed.
TRACK 3 - HOPE: the calm theme and comfortable harmonies suggest compassion and understanding.
TRACK 4 - HEALING: the quietly confident music moves through moments of crisis to bring the suite of movements to a positive ending.
Performance: Dulcie Holland, piano.
ANN CARR-BOYD (b.1938).
TRACK 6 - MUSIC FOR A SPACE JOURNEY (1974). Commissioned by the Organ Institute of NSW, it was first performed on 8/12/74 by Howard Pollard, on the Beckerath Organ in the Crest Hall, University of Sydney, and the Sydney University String Ensemble (who are heard here). The music is atmospheric in character as the title suggests.
IAN SHANAHAN (b. 1962).
TRACK 8 - ARC OF LIGHT (1993) Sunlight refracted through raindrops = a rainbow = an Arc of the Covenant Jewish mythology) of Light, that "immense arc of light which touches the earth and makes it sing" (Arp). This unassuming little piece - a contemplative study in time, resonance and colour - is an offshoot of my trio "Lines of Light (similarly concerned with rainbows) in that it derives from the same harmonic fields, and possesses roughly comparable macrotemporal proportions.
("Lines of Light" can be heard on the CD of that title, available at CDBaby).
"Arc of Light" is dedicated to my friend and colleague Robert Allworth, who was responsible for the work's "Genesis". Robert asked me whether I had written any piano music that he could release on CD. I had not. So he requested a new piece from me, to be composed and delivered to him that day: 3 hours later (with the talented young pianist Simon Docking in mind to premiere and
record it) I completed my Arc.
ERIC GROSS(b. 1926).
TRACK 9 - SEQUENCE OF HAPPINESS Op. 222 (1997). When Adrian Hooper, Director of the Sydney Mandolins, found that there is a shortage of easy mandolin compositions, by Australian composers, for teaching purposes, he asked me to write such a piece especially for this JADE release made at radio station 2MBS-FM by Michael Hooper (mandolin) and Katarina Kroslakova (piano). This is an easily accessible piece and does not make too many technical demands on either performer.
DEREK STRAHAN (b. 1935).
TRACK 10 - "CULT OF DIANA" - SUITE FROM THE FILM MUSIC (1992).
Composer's notes: The feature him "Cult of Diana" was made in 1992 by Producer-Director Geoffrey Brown from a screenplay I wrote based on his concept for the pilot of a TV series "inspector Shanahan Mysteries". After a screen test I was cast in the role of the Irish Inspector and Geoffrey also entrusted me with the music. This gave me the opportunity to write an orchestral score for virtual orchestra (synthesizer) with real flute and alto saxophone. The story involves a pseudo-pagan Cult operating behind the front of a TV evangelist, exploiting the ritual practices of the Cult of the Roman Goddess, Diana, in a debased modern form. The Suite drawn from the score is in 4 sections:
1. CULT OF DIANA: an evocation of the cult of antiquity.
2. BLACK GLOVES: A psychopath is employed by the evangelist as a Cult minder to eliminate security risks. Inspector Shanahan's sleep is disturbed by strange dreams as he is drawn into the case.
3. COGITATIONS: The Cult prepares for a ritual sacrifice on May Day. The law arrives in time to prevent murder.
4. SACRIFICE: All are apprehended except Diana herself, who mysteriously vanishes.
"CULT OF DIANA" was telecast in Australia in 1996 on the Nine Network. This digital soundtrack recording is released on CD by kind permission of Combridge International.
Performance: Michael Scott, Flute; Graeme Lyall, Alto Saxophone; Derek Strahan - synthesizer.
TRACK 12 - "FANTASY" - SUITE FROM THE FILM MUSIC (1990).
Composer's notes: The feature him "Fantasy" was produced in 1990 by Geoffrey Brown and co-directed by Geoffrey and myself. It was made from a screenplay which I wrote in the style of a Gothic extravagance for production on a modest budget! An expensive 'look" was achieved through Geoffrey's work as Director of Photography and the hire of a magnificent mansion in Burwood, Sydney. Writing the music gave me my first opportunity to compose a score entirely for synthesizer. The story concerns Jenny, an inhibited young women who weaves secret fantasies built around the image of an unknown man - a face from a photograph in a magazine. In reality, the man, Quentin, is a research psychiatrist, now investigating the barrier dividing sanity from madness. A chance meeting between these two sparks instant attraction. Despite the chance of a genuine romance, Quentin, obsessed with his research, proposes a bizarre exchange: that each agrees, for a month, to act out the other's fantasies. Whereas Jenny's are romantic and frankly erotic, Quentin's are, in fact, a scientific "experiment" with Jenny as the guinea-pig. Time distortion and sensual deprivation challenge her sense of identity; her grasp on reality is weakened. The "experiment" ends in chaos. Of the two lovers, only Jenny survives.
"FANTASY" was released in Australia and internationally on video in 1991 by First Release through Columbia Tri-Star. This digital sound- track recording is released on CD by kind permission of Combridge International.
Performance: Tony Ansell & Derek Strahan - synthesizer.
COLIN BRUMBY( b. 1933).
TRACK 11 - TWILIGHT PASTORAL (1987). The composition is dedicated to the organist. This composition is derived hum a scene of Colin Brumby's Ballet ALICE IN WONDERLAND. The title takes its name from one of Arthur Streeton's famous paintings.
Other film music by Derek Strahan can be heard on these CDs, all available at CDBaby:
"On The Reef" Suite #2 (1970) on "Romantic Australian Classics" JADCD 1061.
"Artisans Of Australia" on CD of that title JADCD 1054. Named after Film Australia's award-winning documentary series on traditional crafts
"Aliens Among Us" (1974) on "Classics of Australian Music" JADCD 1060
"Trans Australia Suite No. 1" (1968) - music from "Wheels Across Australia", a film documentary about the Leyland Brothers' transit of Australia by 4-wheel drive.
on "Best Of Australian Classics" JADCD 1065.
"Trans Australia Suite No. 2" on "Music For A Champagne Breakfast" Vol. 2 JADCD 1075.
"The Australian Ark" Suites 1 & 2 on "Afternoon Light" JADCD 1076.
Suites 3 & 4 on "Fandango" JADCD 1078 all performed by a mix of top jazz and symphony players.
A small jazz combo plays Strahan's "The Australian Ark" Suite No. 5 on "Dulcie Holland & Friends" JADCD 1089.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Remembering Adrian Braun
2. Aspects for Piano solo: Grieving
3. Aspects for Piano solo: Stress
4. Aspects for Piano solo: Hope
5. Aspects for Piano solo: Healing
6. Music For A Space Journey
7. The Fountainhead
8. Arc of light
9. Sequence Of Happiness
10. Cult of Diana
11. Twilight Pastoral