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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.

 

What's New!

 

FEBRUARY 2017 Margaret's violin and piano piece "The Eastern Spinebill..." , from her SENSATIONS CD
is included on this month's ' Making Waves ' playlist of Australian compositions. Please enjoy and share.

https://makingwavesnewmusic.com/2017/02/01/spotify-waves-february-2017

 



2016 saw the release of many of Margaret's new songs for Baritone or Mezzo Soprano voice and piano.


The SHEET MUSIC and You-tube clips for these new songs is now available.

Scroll to the Songs section on the Jump List for the list of songs and links to each one.



 

The DVD of the Cosmic Wheel of the Zodiac Song Cycle and other songs performed by Martin Cooke and Margaret Brandman at her 2016 concert is now available on the Performance page here.

CD Launch and Recital

 


Sensations CD

Two new CD's of Margaret's compositions have been recorded by Parma Recordings (USA).

1) SENSATIONS - One hour of Margaret's celebrated Orchestral and Chamber works. Released May 2016.

2) ABRAZO ' Warm Winds in Havana ' Suite for Saxophone Quartet and Percussion is included on this compilation CD to be released in June 2016.

View the recent Penrith Press article about Margaret's experiences in the Blue Mountains during the bushfires and the inspiration for Firestorm Symphony.

Havana Stilt Dancers

 


In October 2015 Parma Recordings featured Margaret as composer of the month.

Please click here to read the blog, view the photos and videos here and read more about the performances and recordings here.

Margaret Brandman and Petr Vronski

 


Rhapsodies to Rhumbas

Margaret has just presented her 2014 Rhapsodies to Rhumbas concert. View details on the Performance page.

Rhapsodies to Rhumbas 2014 performers

 

New works for violin and piano

 

Duo Deconet

Duo Deconet, Australia's premier violin and piano duo specialising in contemporary classical Latin-American have commissioned Margaret to arrange three of her original works for violin and piano. Two of these works, Jucaro Rhumba D'Amor, The Eastern Spinebill and the Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos Herald a Blue Mountains Bushfire were first performed at their Music Without Borders Concert on August 10, 2013 and at the Rhapsodies to Rhumbas concert on November 9, 2013 they performed these works plus the world premiere of performance Binna Burra Dreaming for Violin and Piano.

These works will available shortly from the Australian Music Centre.

Autumn Rhapsody

 

Autumn Rhapsody Music Cover

Autumn Rhapsody Margaret Brandman 2013Autumn Rhapsody for solo piano (fue 10108) has been published by Furore Music in Germany.

The audio is available in MP3 Format.

Margaret performed this work at the Rhapsodies to Rhumbas concert on November 9, 2013

Click here for details.

 

Margaret is pleased to announce the publication of her new work-

 


The Geometry of the Piano
and the
Symmetry of the Hands


The Geometry of the Piano and the Symmetry of the Hands

This lively and intriguing DVD was prepared for presentation for the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia (June 2011)  

Topics in the DVD:

a) The concepts presented in Margaret's Music Mind Map and Interval Tree 
b) Margaret's approach to teaching keyboard patterns for Major and Minor scales, Modes, Chords,   Arpeggios and Transposition which simplifies the learning process for her students
c) Margaret's 'gestalt' approach to fingering based on the symmetry of the hands which speeds up the learning process
c) Sections of Margaret's original compositions for piano, orchestra, and woodwinds 

These are heard throughout the DVD as incidental music plus a medley of her larger scale works occurs toward the end of the DVD.  

An added bonus is the vision of Australian landscape artist Ivan Goodacre's paintings which appear while Margaret's music is being played. www.ivangoodacre.com.au
Available for purchase here

 

 

 



Contemporary Organ Method

By popular request, the Contemporary Organ Method is now back in print.

With Janet Baker's technical expertise and Margaret Brandman's simplified interval reading system and easy approach to learning rhythm and chords, this straight forward teaching system allows students to learn holistically-combining aural, tactile and reading skills, making learning easy and enjoyable.

Click here for more information


Cover design by Margaret Brandman
and Sam Hewitt ( Firestorm lettering)

Firestorm Symphony

This three movement work is dedicated to the victims
of the 1993-4, 2001 and 2009 bushfires in NSW and Victoria.

First Movement - Firestorm threatening
Second Movement- Now the tears are flowing
Third Movement- All the trees are growing

This work is scored for Woodwind, Percussion, Harp and Strings

An A4 study score and recording is now available from your local music store or from this website..
A3 Conductor's Score and parts hire available from
the Australian Music Centre. www.amcoz.com.au


 

Spirit Visions

This expansive melody with lush chords was originally inspired by the tone colours of the Sydney Town Hall organ and was composed after a professional meeting in 2002 between the composer, Margaret Brandman and Sydney organist and clairvoyant Robert Goode.

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Binna Burra Dreaming

Binna Burra Dreaming for 'cello and piano is a contemporary, yet listenable work.

The title of the work is taken from the aboriginal name for 'where the beech tree grows'.

The work is in one movement and through-composed in several sections in various modal minor tonalities and varying time signatures.

Click here for more information

 

Please visit the Firestorm Symphony page for more details and to hear sample tracks


ANZCA have included Margaret's piano solo Churinga
(from Three Concert Pieces for Piano) in their
Series 2 Grade Eight- Classical Pianoforte examination book.

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Margaret is the major contributing writer of the written component of the
AMEB's new "Music Craft" student workbooks.
Margaret's existing theory, chord and ear-training materials
are useful for introducing students to many of the topics in the new AMEB course.

AMEB MUSIC CRAFT – PRELIMINARY GRADE TOPICS
AMEB MUSIC CRAFT – FIRST GRADE TOPICS
AMEB MUSIC CRAFT – SECOND GRADE TOPICS
AMEB MUSIC CRAFT – THIRD GRADE TOPICS
AMEB MUSIC CRAFT – FOURTH GRADE TOPICS


Harmony Comes Together

 

Seriously Good Fun

Lyric Fantasy

A contemporary yet listenable work for Piano and Orchestra

JUNIOR TRAX

This book replaces the earlier edition entitled 'Favourite Songs from Kidz TV'

Featuring:

  • Early grade pieces arranged for both hands simultaneously
  • Easy reading with the interval approach
  • An interesting new skill in each tune
  • Gently graded material
  • Included single-line duets.

Imaginative arrangements of young children's favourite songs from Australian early childhood programs. Designed to follow on from the Junior Primer, the pieces in this book present extra two-handed practice taking the skills gained in the Junior Primer to the next level.

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Daily Dexter-Flexers

Technical exercises for beginning keyboard students using the simplified interval approach combined with scale topography. The fun way to gain finger dexterity and speed reading skills.

 

Newly revised!



Six Contemporary Pieces - Piano performance pieces with a hint of Jazz.
Some pieces are included in the ANZCA Syllabus.


The AMEB has also included  Margaret's composition   'Spider on the Mirror' in their Anthology of Australian Compositions as a list piece for Classical Piano - Grade 4;    Minnamurra Rainforest-dreaming is set for 'Music for Leisure" Grade 3.   This piece and Margaret's arrangement of Song for Guy by Elton John, both appear in the newly released  Music for Leisure Series 2 - Grade three book.
  Both  original compositions included in these grades, were selected from Margaret's collection of pieces entitled "Twelve Timely Pieces"  

Lyrics by Désirée Regina and Music by Margaret Brandman

Listen to "Do you remember?" This song has a haunting modal melody.

This recently composed cycle of six songs is available on CD with performances by lyricist and mezzo soprano Désirée Regina and the composer Margaret Brandman on piano. The recording of the music is available either singly or as part of a CD and sheet music pack.

Désirée Regina has been called by Le Figaro "Sparkling and genuinely breathtaking"

At the age of 12, Désirée won a major European prize for her poem 'The Old Oak'. She has since gone on to writing many lyrics for songs and musical shows.

She is one of the infamous Duelling Sopranos and has performed worldwide with various award winning shows from The Phantom of the Opera in Europe to Ephimera in the Sydney Opera House.

Désirée is a Mezzo Soprano with a Bachelor of Music, a Master is Singing Performance and a PostGrad in Opera.

more details...


Order Numbers:
Songs of Love and Desire - Book MMP 8040
Songs of Love and Desire - CD MMP 8041
Songs of Love and Desire - Book and CD pack MMP 8052