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Margaret Brandman's 'Cosmic Wheel of the Zodiac' song cycle performed by Baritone Martin Cooke and the composer, will be aired in two half-hour programs presented by Patrick Thomas on the 21st and 28th of April 2017 on Sydney radio station FINE MUSIC 102.5 FM. The DVD of these songs is also available now. View the Performance and Recordings page for details.

September 2017: Margaret will travel to Prague for a concert performance of her 'Cosmic Wheel of the Zodiac' song cycle by the Prague Choir on the 14th of September. The choir will be recording the cycle for PARMA recordings.

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.

 

From the Mountains to the Sea

Australian Themes Song Cycle

Blue Mountains Scene East Coast Seaside Scene

1) In the Shadow of Uluru

2) Song of the Currawong

3) The Baragoola Sails to Manly


In the Shadow of Uluru

Music and lyrics by Margaret Brandman

Ularu

Photo Credit Sandy Jacka. Used by permission

This contemporary art-song captures the mystique surrounding the sacred Aboriginal rock 'ULURU'
which is located in Central Australia. It is set for either Baritone or Mezzo-Soprano voice and piano.

SHEET MUSIC

In the Shadow of Uluru – MMP 8105 is available as a PDF download here:

http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/20392622

This link also takes you to the audio file for this song in which the melody is played by oboe accompanied by piano.


In the Shadow of Uluru

Music and lyrics
by Margaret Brandman

Sonorous tones of a distant didgeridoo
Drift across this ancient land.
In the shadow of Uluru.
Timeless, mystical forms
Standing in the blazing sun…
These spirits of an ancient land.
The ghostly withered forest of cinereal trees,
Holding secrets of archaic lore.
The wind whistling like hallow'd spirit voices,
They entice us and invite us through this mythical door.
Distant voices call me gently to enter this dream,
These mysteries of millennia are not what they seem.
I hear the stories of a sacred dream time
Telling tales of long ago
Tales that come to light, by camp-fire light.

I came to feel this heart of the country
And now I know where I belong.
And after the rains, the wild blooms return,
They carpet the ochre sands.
And they blossom in the coming of the bright dawning day
In the sun's golden rays.
Now time has come to return to the present
And the bright city life,
For the lure of the outback caresses my senses,
And my heart is full of hope and joie de vivre.
The wonderment I feel as I behold this scene,
This boundless land…
Forever in my heart and hands.


Song of the Currawong

Music and lyrics by Margaret Brandman

Currawong

Photo Credit Steven Brumby. Used by permission.

This contemporary art-song references Australian fauna and flora.

It is set for either Baritone or Mezzo-Soprano voice and piano.

SHEET MUSIC

Song of the Currawong – MMP 8106 is available as a PDF download here:

http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/20392397

This link also takes you to the audio file for this song in which the melody is played by oboe accompanied by piano.


Song of the Currawong

Music and lyrics
by Margaret Brandman

I can sense the breeze
That stirs in the tops of gum trees,
Whispering in hush'd tones.
Hear a currawong
Perched high on a branch of a tall gum
Calling to her young.

The magpies and rosellas
Are flying overhead.
The kookaburra laughing in jest

I wander through the snow gums
With rainbow colour'd bark
Hearing the song of currawong,
Heralding the coming dark.
And into the night, stars shine over snowy fields,
Moonlight on trees standing tall and side by side in silence.
And lo!
These mighty trunks...
They long for the light.
When the dawn comes,
Our land is bathed in sunlight.
Branches appear, adorned in snow.
Valleys ring, as the currawong sings
Her joyous hymn to the sunrise.


The Baragoola Sails to Manly

Baragoola

Photo credit John Darroch

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