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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.

September 2017: Margaret travels to Prague for a concert performance of her 'Cosmic Wheel of the Zodiac' song cycle by the Prague Mixed Choir at 7.30pm on the 14th of September in the concert hall of the Czech Music Museum. The choir will be recording the cycle for PARMA recordings. View the Performance and Recordings page 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.



Harmony Comes Together
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Harmony Comes Together is designed to equip the student with the necessary skills to write both four-part and three-part classical harmony and to cross the divide between contemporary popular, jazz and contemporary classical writing styles with ease and understanding, all the while giving experience in skills required for both classical and contemporary examination syllabi. This harmony method is the part of an integrated course which provides materials for ear-training (audio and workbooks), theory, improvisation, technique and repertoire.


Margaret Your book really has the WOW factor! You explain absolutely everything, methodically and meticulously. The explanation of the different terms and labels used by both the British and American systems will be most appreciated, given the introduction of the new AMEB Music Craft syllabus. Abe Cytrynowski

The presentation is superb from cover to cover, the layout clear, concise and extremely user-friendly – I especially like your colour coding and combination of traditional and modern methods. It’s enough to make me want to teach traditional harmony again!! Kerin Bailey

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Key features of this book are:

  • the emphasis on the understanding of the cycle of fifths
    and chord tables
  • gestalt approach
    — using the gestalt (whole) view of the topic of harmony, students are equipped to see, hear and understand the chords in context
  • the understanding of root progressions which:
    a) helps the student of harmony make connections between various progressions and the movement of the parts
    b) imparts the knowledge of the effect of the progressions: static, weak or strong
  • the use of colour coding and graphics to impart concepts and illustrate ideas
  • the use of various types of labelling from both the British System and the American system, so that information in this book can be used with multiple examination syllabi
  • the use of both traditional system of figuring for chords and modern chord symbols to make the link between old and new systems of music notation and harmonic understanding.
  • the awareness of sounds in both classical and popular music
  • encouragement for the student to play and listen to the progressions and to interpret them with modern rhythms

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