RHAPSODY IN GREEN - JADCD 1117 An anthology of works by Australian composers in a wide range of styles and musical groupings ranging from flute through duos for flute & plectrum quartet, flute & piano to mandolin ensemble, flute & guitar to solo piano works. ERIC GROSS (b.1926) Track 1 - RONDINO PASTORALE op.33 (1962) Originally written for flute and harp, this composition has been arranged for a variety of instrumental combination. On this recording, a Flute has been added to the Plectrum Quartet, adding to the relaxed mood. This version has previously been released on JADE CD 1055 (Twin Towers) EG ROBERT ALLWORTH (b.1943) Track 2 - RHAPSODY IN GREEN (2006) This composition portrays green fields and beautiful countryside, as exemplified on the cover of this compact disc which is at Kenthurst in NSW.The music, particularly towards the end with it's C major cadences suggests a sunny and serene idyllic atmosphere. ROBERT ALLWORTH (b.1943) Track 3 - BRADGATE PARK (2006) Bradgate Park was composed at the request of DEREK WARD in memory of his mother SUSIE BRADGATE-WARD. Bradgate Park is located in Leicestershire, England. This composition is also dedicated to MALCOLM CAMERON, ANNE CAMERON, SCOTT CAMERON and the memory of DEREK WARD's two sisters PATRICIA CAMERON who passed away February 28th 2006 and BARBARA PERRY who passed away August 17th 2007. Other dedicatees are DAVID O'CONNOR, WENDY HUTTON, GRAHAM O'CONNOR AND ANN O'CONNOR. PATRICIA CAMERON was a well known Yoga instructor on the Northern beaches of Sydney. RAY LEMOND (b.1956) FOUR FRIENDS SUITE (1993) Tracks 4, 5, 6 & 7 This suite is a set of Four Sketches written in 1993 for four good friends whom the composer met through various musical ventures. Each sketch tries to capture an aspect of each woman's personality. Track 4 - Sebeth for Dawn Inatey Track 5 - Waltz for Ann Carr-Boyd Track 6 - Serenade for Selena McKern Track 7 - Midnight for Pamela Keane. RAY LEMOND (b.1956) Track 8 - THE LAND WHERE NO TEARS FALL (1996) Composed in memory of the composer's mother who passed away in 1980. This is a quiet reflective piece of music. ERIC GROSS (b.1926) Track 9 - MINIATURE FOR RAY OP.195A (1994) This simple, relaxed composition was, in it's original version, a piece for solo piano, dedicated to the pianist Ray Lemond. This arrangement has been specially created for Adrian Hooper and the Sydney Mandolins, as a small gesture of thanks for their support of Australian composers. This version has previously been released on JADE CD 1078 (Fandango). EG ROBERT ALLWORTH (b.1943) Track 10 - ANTHEM FOR THE BLESSED MARY MACKILLOP (2007) Composed for the Sisters of Saint Joseph of The Sacred Heart. This composition is a reworking of an earlier piece titled TWILIGHT, composed for the Sydney Mandolins. The music has a stately procession - like quality and certainly captures the serene stature of MARY MACKILLOP beatified in 1995 by Pope John Paul II in Sydney, Australia. Sr. Margaret T Cusack of the Order of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart has been a great influence on the composer's devotion to Blessed MARY MACKILLOP. Sr. Margaret T Cusack RSJ also advised the following information: Mary Mackillop made her religious profession on the 15th August 1867 in Adelaide, South AUSTRALIA. On June 1st Mary Mackillop was blessed by Pope Pius IX in 1873. The rule of the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart was finally approved by Pope Leo XIII in 1888. ANN CARR-BOYD (b.1938) Track 11 - MOONSCAPE REMEMBERED (1991) Moonscape Remembered was composed by Ann Carr - Boyd using a theme by Eric Gross from his cantata SUNSET MOON and DREAMS (1972). Moonscape Remembered was written in 1991 for the retirement concert of Dr. Eric Gross from the University of Sydney. The concert included music of over 20 Australian composers in the Everest Theatre on 8th August 1991. ROBERT ALLWORTH (b.1943) Track 12 - STUDY IN GREEN (1994) Track 13 - ALBUM LEAF (1978) Study in Green written in 1994 is a short Arioso style piano piece composed for Colin Brumby. Colin Brumby plays Study in Green on this recording. The Album Leaf for Piano composed in 1978 was written for Lenka Nemec later to become Lenka Hill wife of Paul Hill, a friend of the composer. DEREK STRAHAN (b.1935) Track 14 - PERPETUAL EMOTION for Flute and Guitar (1963) Revised and completed 2005. Perpetual Emotion evinces that self-eviscerating state of constant emotional excitation known as being in love which as G. B. Shaw astutely noted leads to a state of temporary insanity in which the application of rational thought is impossible. Following a languorous prelude, fast chromatic passages are propelled by urgent guitar chords and self propagating phrases are hurled around with decreasing regard for either form or structure, (though the latter is sufficiently indicated to show what is being disregarded.) DWS CREDITS: Track 1 - Studios 301 Sound Engineer Peter Thomas 2/9/95 Tracks 2 & 3 - 2MBS-FM Kerry Joyner Sound Engineer 13/4/2006 Tracks 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 - 2MBS-FM Kerry Joyner Sound Engineer April 1996 Track 9 - 2MBS-FM Kerry Joyner Sound Engineer 17/5/98 Track 10 - 2MBS-FM Kerry Joyner Sound Engineer January 2007 Tracks 11 & 12 - Recorded at the University of Queensland Peter Freeman Sound Engineer 9/12/94 Track 13 - 2MBS-FM Edda Filson Sound Engineer 14/12/94 Track 14 - New Music Theatre Sydney Australia 27/3/2005 This is the 101st Compact disc in the JADE Series of Australian Composers and the 19th year (2008) of production.