Compositions

A selection of my compositions are listed here chronologically by year, starting with the most recent. Where I have provided the complete score, you may freely download any of these pieces for non-profit use.

2016? 2017?
I really must get around to updating this soon…

2015

Sadly, I have been too busy with preparations for the 2016 RSCM Summer School to finish any new pieces this year!

2014

Bach Stands His Ground
for Piano Trio
This piece was written for a concert organised by Canberra composer Thea Zimpel, who invited several other Canberra composers to contribute pieces suggested by verses from the poem My Love Is A House by Canberra writer Martina Hoffman.
The verse that inspired this piece reads:
The door is crooked,
there are cracks in the ceiling,
but my love’s foundations are old and strong and safe and steady.
The concert, at which this piece was performed by Vanessa Driver (violin), Annette Hiu (cello) and Grant Roberts (piano), took place in Canberra’s Wesley music Centre on August 2, 2014.



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A Day At The Beach
for Baritone and Piano
My entry in ABC Classic FM’s competition to write a song to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli conflict. The task was to set any personal text written by those who were directly involved. On the State Library of NSW website, I found a letter from an officer, in which he described having an enjoyable time swimming off the beach at Gallipoli with his friends, despite the dangers of sniper attacks. One wonders to what extent he was making light of things for the sake of his family back home…


MP3:

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Hail The Day That Sees Him Rise
Hymn for SATB
A setting of Charles Wesley’s classic hymn for Ascension Day
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2013

Ding Dong Merrily On High
carol for SATB choir
My own arrangement of the well-known Christmas carol.
Synthesised audio version:

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To Us In Bethlehem City
carol for SATB choir
For the choir of St John’s, Canberra. They were planning to sing it straight as written from an old hymn book for the Nine Lessons and Carols service. I felt it was crying out for an arrangement with textural variation in the verses and little fills and embellishments on the organ. This is the result (which worked rather well!).
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This Joyful Eastertide
for organ
Choral prelude on the traditional tune. Can be played softly as a prelude or loudly as a postlude.
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Most High Omnipotent Good Lord
anthem for choir and organ
Setting of text from st Francis of Assisi’s ‘Canticle of the Sun’.
Audio is a performance by Canberra’s RSCM Chorale:

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Upscale, Downscale
Semi-improvised piece for any combination of instruments
This was a bit of fun, and I have yet to hear it performed – one day I will multitrack a version myself!
Canadian contemporary music outfit Redshift Music called for scores that would fit on a postcard! This was my effort :-)
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2012

Lighten Our Darkness
anthem for choir and organ
A setting of the Evening Collect from the Book of Common Prayer: “Lighten our darkness we beseech thee, O Lord, and by Thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night…”
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Two Part Reinvention
for keyboard
A piece for any keyboard instrument, based on the melody of Tallis’s Canon (aka the hymn tune ‘Glory to Thee My God This Night’).
Video recorded by the composer at St John’s, Canberra:

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A Joyful and Pleasant Thing
anthem for choir
A setting of verses from Psalm 147.  
Sung in this video by the RSCM Canberra Chorale:

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2011

Toccata and Fugue on Ravenshaw
for organ
Based on the hymn tune Ravenshaw, perhaps more familiarly known as “Lord, Thy Word Abideth”.
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Who Is Like Unto God?
anthem for choir
Motet for SATB choir, suitable for the Feast of St Michael and All Angels. (Michael is reputed to be the Archangel “most like unto God”.) Text is from Psalm 86 and the Communion service.
Sung in this video by the RSCM Canberra Chorale:

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Pastoral Variations (on a theme of Beethoven)
for organ
Beethoven didn’t write any organ music… so here’s a piece based on a theme from his Pastoral Symphony!

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2010

Hymnus Ad Virginem
for choir and organ
A setting of the text of ‘Hymn to the Virgin’.
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2009

Toccata
for organ
This piece sounds trickier than it actually is – I wrote this in order to have a playable alternative to the famous French toccatas of Widor and Boellmann. Like theirs, it contains a repeated rapid semiquaver motif, but unlike theirs, mine has interludes where the pulse gives way to a quaver feel.  

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2008

Mass for Two Voices
for two-part choir and keyboard
A 2-part communion setting, with organ or piano accompaniment, suitable for choirs with limited resources. Sopranos/tenors may sing the top part, and altos/basses the bottom part. Or women may sing the top part and men the bottom part (mens’ voices sounding an octave lower, of course).
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Laudate Dominum
for two-part choir and keyboard
A setting of Psalm 150 in Latin, with organ accompaniment, suitable for choirs with limited resources. Sopranos/tenors may sing the top part, and altos/basses the bottom part. Or women may sing the top part and men the bottom part (mens’ voices sounding an octave lower, of course).
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4/4 for Four
for four instruments
A Canon for any four instruments: Two in treble range (e.g. flute, oboe, violin), one in tenor range (e.g. viola, clarinet), and one in bass range (e.g. cello, bassoon).
Synthesised audio file:

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