has written a great many of works for solo piano, a large percentage
of which are scattered through the Contemporary Piano Method.
Others are included in the collections shown below.
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
here to see more details on this work.
imaginative and tuneful pieces in time signatures from
2/4 to 7/4 in major and minor keys up to two sharps and
two flats. Grades 1 - 4.
set of pieces was written in response to many requests
received over the past few years for interesting and original
music for performance at concerts, eisteddfods, examinations
and school musicals.
endeavoured to compose catchy tunes, using such devices
as the fun sound of parallel fifths, the unusual qualities
of modes and modal harmonies and some intriguing rhythmic
twists. Some pieces are vigorously rhythmic while others
are quite ambient in nature, incorporating modern jazz
oriented chord sounds such as major sevenths or chords
which incorporate the extension degrees of 9th, 11th or
13th." says Margaret.
tunes lie well in hand position and area changes are indicated
by 'key fingering', making them not only easy to read,
but also facilitating the technical aspects required to
play them. The pieces provide supplementary material and
consolidation of the areas covered in Books 1A, 1B, 2A
and 2B of my Contemporary Piano Method."
of the pieces (Spider on the Mirror and Minnamurra Rainforest
Dreaming) are set works for AMEB third grade examinations.
of the pieces are available on the CD IMAGES. For a detailed
description of each piece go to the IMAGES
page on this site.
works for solo piano include, the three concert pieces featured
Ripples (piano duet)
more information on the Contemporary Piano Method, please
visit the Educational Materials page.
Christmas tunes with a fresh approach. From simple two-part
arrangements to Rock and Jazz versions of everyone's favourite
Christmas tunes. Suitable for Piano with optional Organ
Pedal line/duet part. Organ registrations by Janet Baker.
original compositions teaching the Boogie and Swing Time
feel and styles of writing.
Brandman's publication, gives students a wonderful choice
of twelve original blues and boogie-woogie compositions.
Also included is a brief history and analysis to give students
a background of these styles...
is an excellent publication which, I am sure, teachers and
students will enjoy.'
Mclean, AUSTRALIAN MUSIC TEACHER Magazine, Vol 3 No 5 1994
Modal Pieces (formerly Animodes)-
21 descriptive pieces for piano
pieces written with contemporary compositional techniques;
modal, pentatonic, whole-tone and serial pieces each piece
descriptive of an Australian native animal. eg. The Albino
Koala, the Wombat, Squirrel Glider, The Emu.
selection exploits a different mode, and several twentieth-century
compositional techniques are introduced, including clusters,
serial (12 tone) writing and pieces without measure lines.
Novice pianists will find the rhythms challenging, but
the pieces are unusual and captivating, and succeed in
acquainting the ear with tonalities beyond major and minor.'
class in Methods of Teaching that I have at the Melba
Memorial Conservatorium...were most enthusiastic...In
the first place they loved the Australian flavour...They
were delighted with the information so plainly detailed
regarding the various modes. To them it has previously
been a dry-as-dust subject, and now here it came to life
with some enthralling results. Some of the unusual time-signatures
intrigued them and challenged their skill...This book
serves a very useful purpose and should give many hours
of pleasurable instruction to students both young and
Schofield, Chief Study Teacher, Faculty of Music, University
of Melbourne. Review in J.A.M.M. MAGAZINE, 1982
have been using this publication since it was first released
some years ago...and teachers who have attended some of
my lectures are well aware of the high regard in which
I hold this particular work. It is certainly a worthwhile
addition to your teaching material.'
Crews, AUSTRALIAN MUSIC TEACHER Magazine, Vol 3 No 2 1994
of popular and essential repertoire tunes for early grade pianists.
slightly larger note setting and proportional note setting for
easy reading of rhythm.
- Piano Man, Saltwater, You've Got a Friend, Unchained Melody
and many more....
original pieces for piano.
piece demonstrates the sounds of a standard four-note
chord and the mode or scale which suits it -
6th and Minor 6th (Gliding)
7th and Half-Diminished 7th chords (Gleaming)
Brandman further excels in delightful solo collections such
Peace, lecturer and performer, UK EUROPEAN PIANO TEACHER'S
ASSOCIATION Piano Journal October 1994
Contemporary Pieces - for Piano
Badinarie Number 1 (1979)
Badinarie Number 2 (1979)
Tango Tranquille (1972)
Sunshowers on the River (1971)
1, 3 and 6 are suitable for freebass accordian
pieces are contemporary without being incomprehensible
to the average student. The styles embrace polyphonic
and homophonic textures, quartal and tertial harmony,
partial tone-rows are prominent in some, pentatonic
modes of oriental extraction occur, and the influence
of progressive jazz is often apparent. They are not
as difficult to play as they may appear at first sight,
and a moderately advanced student should have little
difficulty in coping with them. For the pianist needing
contemporary works for a recital, or for examinations,
these six short compositions would make an interesting
addition to the repertoire.'
Hemming, MUSIC TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION OF NSW Quarterly
Magazine, February 1983