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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.

 

Spirit Visions


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Margaret Brandman: Spirit Visions


PERFORMANCE NOTES

Sensations CDThe latest recording of this work, performed by the composer, is available on SENSATIONS CD.

 

 

Spirit Visions was composed after a professional meeting in 2002 between the composer, Margaret Brandman and Sydney organist and clairvoyant Robert Goode who was performing at Sydney Town Hall at the time and for whom Margaret had done a musical arrangement.

This expansive melody with lush chords was originally inspired by the tone colours of the Sydney Town Hall organ on which Robert performed and Margaret, through good fortune, was given an opportunity to improvise upon.

Beginning with the largo theme in a major key, the piece explores several variations in tempo, rhythmic feel, mood and key, providing topics of musical conversation for the two performers.

Following the slow and majestic opening theme, Sections D, E and H introduce a syncopated bass line which lends a Latin American feel to these sections of the piece.

The Latin American harmonic element is reinforced at Letter E where the work modulates to the tonic minor (parallel minor). There is then a transition to the dominant minor key at Letter G, where the mood becomes pensive before the piece takes off at Letter H into a lively Latin American romp. There is a final rounding out of the piece with the return of the main theme in the tonic key at Letter I followed by a short coda at bar 122.

On the 17th of December 2009, the work was premiered by duo pianists Jenny Hammond and Frank O’Brien at a concert at the Joan Sutherland Centre in Penrith NSW.

Spirit Visions was performed again by Meriel Owen and Donna Riles at the Orange Regional Conservatorium, in the  Hear it on the Grapevine concert, on the 24th of June 2011.

The work has been recorded by the composer Margaret Brandman and Sydney based pianist and and jazz musician Marcello Maio. www.myspace.com/marcellomaio

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Spirit Visions was performed by Margaret Brandman and Irma Enriquez at the Rhapsodies to Rhumbas concert on the 9th of November 2013.

Audience member Jennifer Comino commented "I particularly loved Spirit Visions on two pianos performed by you and Irma Enriquez."Saxophone Quartet - Rhapsodies To Rhumbas