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Wirripang to Publish from now on !!

Many of the publications listed on this website have been done through the Keys Press Australian Heritage Series. All good things must come to and end and sadly, the Keys Press is no longer in operation.
As a result, we are very pleased to announce that Wirripang Publishing have taken over the Raymond Hanson catalogue in full and will continue to publish Ray’s works in the Australian Composers Series of their own. We look forward to a long and happy association with Wirripang.
Please note that the buy links have all been changed to reflect these new changes. Do have a look at Wirripang and check out the Australian Composers Series. http://www.australiancomposers.com.au/authors/raymond-hanson

Many of the publications listed on this website have been done through the Keys Press Australian Heritage Series. All good things must come to and end and sadly, the Keys Press is no longer in operation. As a result, we are very pleased to announce that Wirripang Publishing have taken over the Raymond Hanson catalogue […]

by Annabel Gleeson
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New CD – Sonata For Flute and Piano – Opus 10

Introducing “The Irridescent Flute” a double CD featuring Australian Music for Flute & Piano by Neil Fisenden on flute and David Wickham on piano. It was recorded in the music auditorium of Churchlands Senior Highschool Perth, in 2013 and released by STONE Recors, UK, in 2014. Works include: Raymond Hanson – Flute Sonata Opus 10; Geoffrey Allen – Flute Sonata and Watercolours suite; Anne Ghandar – Iridesences; May Howlett – Exhibits; Philip Wilcher – An Idle Voyce and Blue Glaze; and Pail Paviour – Elstow Suite. Copies are available from Geoffrey Allen kpmus@bigpond.com for $25 postage paid in Australia.

Introducing “The Irridescent Flute” a double CD featuring Australian Music for Flute & Piano by Neil Fisenden on flute and David Wickham on piano. It was recorded in the music auditorium of Churchlands Senior Highschool Perth, in 2013 and released by STONE Recors, UK, in 2014. Works include: Raymond Hanson – Flute Sonata Opus 10; […]

by Annabel Gleeson
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New Recording !!!!

Just received a copy of a new recording of Two Songs- Opus 7 and This is my Delight – Opus 14 performed by Lisa Harper-Brown and David Wickham. The CD is titled The Red of a Woman’s Heart and is produced by Stone Records, available from G G Allen at kpmus@bigpond.com

Just received a copy of a new recording of Two Songs- Opus 7 and This is my Delight – Opus 14 performed by Lisa Harper-Brown and David Wickham. The CD is titled The Red of a Woman’s Heart and is produced by Stone Records, available from G G Allen at kpmus@bigpond.com

by Annabel Gleeson
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World Premiere “The Immortal Touch” Friday 6th June, 2014

I have also received notice that the World Premiere of Ray’s lifelong work “The Immortal Touch Part 2” is scheduled to go ahead on Friday 6th June, 2014 in the evening, with a matinee performance on Saturday 7th of June, 2014 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and played by the Conservatorium orchestra and choir.
Will post details of how to purchase tickets, where and when, closer to the event.
The first part of the Immortal Touch premiered at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 1975. It was conducted by Richard Gill and performed by the Conservatorium orchestra and choir and Ray was lucky enough to attend this event before he died the following year.
Our thanks go out to all at the Conservatorium for their ongoing support of Raymond Hanson but especially to Joanna Drimatis for her tireless research and help in promoting Raymond’s work and in particular getting this project off the ground !!

I have also received notice that the World Premiere of Ray’s lifelong work “The Immortal Touch Part 2” is scheduled to go ahead on Friday 6th June, 2014 in the evening, with a matinee performance on Saturday 7th of June, 2014 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and played by the Conservatorium orchestra and choir. […]

by Annabel Gleeson
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WAR ! being set for Carillon for Centenary ANZAC Celebrations 2014

I was contacted recently by Thomas Lau who is the senior Carillonist at the National Carillon in Canberra. They were wanting to use one of Ray’s songs titled “War!” as one of the pieces to be set for Carillon for the Centenary of ANZAC Day celebrations coming up in April 2014 !!
We are so happy that one of Ray’s wartime pieces is up for inclusion into this momentus program and will post details of this performance closer to the event.
As a former Sergeant in the Army Education Corps Ray would have been chuffed at this inclusion and mark of respect.

I was contacted recently by Thomas Lau who is the senior Carillonist at the National Carillon in Canberra. They were wanting to use one of Ray’s songs titled “War!” as one of the pieces to be set for Carillon for the Centenary of ANZAC Day celebrations coming up in April 2014 !! We are so […]

by Annabel Gleeson
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New Publication of Piano Quintet opus 17 by Keys Press

Last week I received a copy of the new publication of Raymond Hanson’s Piano Quintet edited by Susan Collins and published by Keys Press. It is Australian Heritage Series No. 81. It is the full piano score plus the parts for 2 violins, 1 viola and a violoncello. It is available for purchase now via our music page link to Keys Press.

Last week I received a copy of the new publication of Raymond Hanson’s Piano Quintet edited by Susan Collins and published by Keys Press. It is Australian Heritage Series No. 81. It is the full piano score plus the parts for 2 violins, 1 viola and a violoncello. It is available for purchase now via […]

by Annabel Gleeson
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The Immortal Touch Part 2 – Research Project Outline

The Immortal Touch was originally composed in 1952, though Part 1 did not receive its first performance until June 1975 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Richard Gill OAM conducting the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and the Combined Choirs of the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music.  The work was also recorded by the ABC with Patrick Thomas conducting the Adelaide singers and the South Australian Symphony Orchestra. For many of Hanson’s works for larger ensembles, the parts and scores are in poor condition and much of the material is still in manuscript form.  This repertoire is housed in the archives of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Library.

The Immortal Touch is in two parts and Part 2 was not completed until just before Hanson passed away in 1976.  The score is for soprano soloist, bass-baritone soloist, choir and full orchestra.  The orchestral score is complete for Part 2 though the vocal score is incomplete.  Both scores are still in manuscript form.

The purpose of this research project is to analyse, edit and typeset The Immortal Touch Part 2 in preparation for a world premiere performance in 2014 with Dr Neil McEwan AM conducting the Sydney Conservatorium Choirs, Orchestra and soloists. This project will also overlap with the Hanson Symposium, which Assoc. Prof Kathleen Nelson has scheduled in November 2013 to celebrate the centenary of Raymond Hanson’s birth.  The project team consists of Dr Neil McEwan, Dr Joanna Drimatis and Ms Katherine Brittain.

We will keep you posted with updates of this wonderful and exciting project and the performance as it progresses.

The Immortal Touch was originally composed in 1952, though Part 1 did not receive its first performance until June 1975 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Richard Gill OAM conducting the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and the Combined Choirs of the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music.  The work was also recorded by the ABC with Patrick […]

by Annabel Gleeson
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Centenary symposium and concert

This event celebrates the centenary of the birth of Australian composer Raymond Hanson (b. Sydney 23 November 1913, d. 1976). A long-standing member of the NSW State Conservatorium of Music teaching staff, he taught composition, harmony, ear training and more.

Those he taught or influenced include many distinguished Australian composers and musicians. His compositions demonstrated a sometimes radical approach, and his teaching has been warmly remembered by many.

Following the symposium, the concert will present music by Hanson and his contemporaries Dulcie Holland and Miriam Hyde, who also celebrate their centenary anniversaries in 2013, and Robert Hughes whose centenary took place in 2012.

Event details

Date:   23 November 2013
Convenors:   A/Prof Kathleen Nelson and Dr Joanna Drimatis (SCM Musicology Unit)
Location:   Sydney Conservatorium of Music


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Enquiries

Please direct enquiries to kathleen.nelson@sydney.edu.au

This event celebrates the centenary of the birth of Australian composer Raymond Hanson (b. Sydney 23 November 1913, d. 1976). A long-standing member of the NSW State Conservatorium of Music teaching staff, he taught composition, harmony, ear training and more. Those he taught or influenced include many distinguished Australian composers and musicians. His compositions demonstrated […]

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Tagore performance in Brisbane

An upcoming performance in Brisbane at the Encounters with India Festival is the second performance this year celebrating the 100th Centenary year of Raymond Hanson.

Ray and Tagore

The Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded in 1913 to Indian poet-philosopher Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). The Nobel citation noted “his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West”.

These are some of the qualities that have touched an array of Australian composers, principally Raymond Hanson (1913-76), who first made contact with the GITANJALI as a 19-year-old when his sister, a missionary in India, sent him a volume of poems of Tagore. Hanson was thunder-struck by the “World Mind” behind the writing; he had found “his” poet. So too have younger Australians turned to Tagore’s world-encompassing bent, often seeming outdated today.

An Australian song recital

This extraordinary recital by soprano Greta Bradman and her accompanist Leigh Harrold traverses Tagore’s world of philosophy and imagination in Australian music. Past the Indian-inspired thoughts of Judith Wright, in a glorious new cycle by resident composer Ross Edwards, to recent Tagore settings by young Indian and Australian composers. Interleaved with Greta’s items will be performances of another Hanson cycle by tenor Gregory Massingham and some of Tagore’s own songs (he wrote over 2,000 of them) by Heather Lee.

Event details

Event:   Tagore in Australia
Date:   Sunday May 19th 3.30pm
Tickets:   Book now through Qtix ($30 or $25 conc.)
Location:   Brisbane Conservatorium Theatre


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Performers

Greta Bradman, soprano
Angela Turner, piano
Gregory Massinngham, tenor
Angela Turner, piano
Heather Lee, voice

An upcoming performance in Brisbane at the Encounters with India Festival is the second performance this year celebrating the 100th Centenary year of Raymond Hanson. Ray and Tagore The Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded in 1913 to Indian poet-philosopher Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). The Nobel citation noted “his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by […]

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Ray performance at Encounters:India festival

Melody. Timbre. Echoes of the gods. Cries from the heart, the soul, the spirit, of love.

Ritwik Sanyal opens with dhrupads, the most ancient of Indian music traditions. Ross Edwards explores the inner spirit in a new version of his exquisite MANTRAS, performed in semi-darkness.

Shubha Mudgal entrances with traditional Hindustani ragas while Heather Lee pours over the songbooks of Rabindranath Tagore, the poet- philosopher whose spirit underlies our festival week. Tagore also inspired the soaring vocalises of Australian composer Raymond Hanson.

Finally, soprano Patricia Rozario accompanies Maurice Delage, a disciple of Ravel, on his Indian excursions, and also sings recent music especially written for her.

Event details

Event:   The Voice
Date:   Tuesday May 14th, 7:30pm
Tickets:   Book now through Qtix ($30/ $25 conc.)
Location:   Brisbane Conservatorium Theatre


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Performers

Patricia Rozario, soprano
Shubha Mudgal, khyal voice
Ritwik Sanyal, dhrupad voice
Heather Lee, voice
Sudhir Nayak, harmonium
Aneesh Pradhan, tabla
Rohan de Saram, cello
Stephen Emmerson, piano
Kim Cunio, harmonium / accompaniment
Nicholas Ng, erhu
Margaret Schindler, soprano

Melody. Timbre. Echoes of the gods. Cries from the heart, the soul, the spirit, of love. Ritwik Sanyal opens with dhrupads, the most ancient of Indian music traditions. Ross Edwards explores the inner spirit in a new version of his exquisite MANTRAS, performed in semi-darkness. Shubha Mudgal entrances with traditional Hindustani ragas while Heather Lee […]

by Amon Woulfe
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