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Margaret's book:

Tune in to the Illawarra area radio station - Vox FM 106.9 on Saturday Feb 17 from 10am to Midday to hear an interview with Margaret and listen to many of her recordings during the two hour session with presenter Dennis Koks.

In April 2017 Margaret Brandman's 'Cosmic Wheel of the Zodiac' song cycle performed by Baritone Martin Cooke and the composer, was aired in two half-hour programs on Sydney radio station FINE MUSIC 102.5 FM. The DVD of these songs is now available. View the Performance and Recordings page for details.

14th September 2017: Margaret travelled to Prague for a concert performance of her 'Cosmic Wheel of the Zodiac' song cycle by the Prague Mixed Chamber Choir and soloists in the concert hall of the Czech Music Museum. The choir also recorded the cycle for the forthcoming PARMA recordings CD. Check out the performance page for video clips of the performance.

The complete book of music and lyrics for the 'Cosmic Wheel of the Zodiac' song cycle is now available. Click here for details.

Three new art songs in the collection titled 'From the Mountains to the Sea' for Mezzo-Soprano or Baritone voice and piano are now available. View the page for From the Mountains to the Sea for details.

Sensations recorded in the Czech Republic by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra has been receiving a great deal of international airplay since it was released in May 2016. View the Performance and Recordings page for more information.

'Warm Winds in Havana' suite for Saxophone Quartet and Percussion, recorded in Cuba last year, has been on air on many Jazz Radio programs around the world and was featured on radio HRT Croatia on April 10th this year. ABRAZO compilation CD.

 

The Contemporary Piano Method Book 2B

The Contemporary Piano Method is recommended reference material for the AMEB's Contemporary Popular Syllabus

The overall objective in this book is the development of the Octave span as a point of reference, and the increase of harmonic knowledge to include all Major and Minor keys and scales, as well as Augmented and Diminished chords, Suspended Fourth chords and all standard four-note chords. Once again there is also a progressive introduction of signs, ornaments and musical features throughout the book.

STAGE 5:
Modulation
- Principles of Fingering.
- Chords for changes of sound colour.
- Major 7th Chords, accompaniment styles.
- Melodic Minor Scales.
- Major 6th and Minor 7th Chords.
- Two-Octave Scales.

STAGE 6:
Popular Dance Music styles. Latin American, Pop, Jazz and Funk.
- Part Playing.
- Minor 6th and Half-Diminished 7th Chords.
- Crotchet Triplets.
- Rhythmic Chord Patterns.
- Compound Intervals.
- Popular tunes.

Apart from the original tunes that I have written for the book, there is music by such composers as Beethoven, Bach, Handel, Purcell and Kerin Bailey.