The end of all journeys

3333 - 4331 - timp + 3 - hp - str

duration  14.00

A melting pot of contemporary sounds, modal melodies, and EDM realised in Romantic orchestral colours. A large scale reflection on violence and repose, complete with djembe drumming and a gateway to peace.

Commissioned by Symphony Australia. Premiered by the Melbourne Symphony, conducted by Richard Mills. Nominated for an APRA Classical Music Award (Orchestral Work of the Year 2003)

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Thugine legend

2222 - 22 - 1 perc - str

duration  9.00

Based on a Dreamtime story of two boys who are forbidden to follow the hunters, but do anyway. They come to the sea, where Thugine the Rainbow serpent lures them into the water. The hunters find them, frozen into rocks, far out to sea...

Winner of the inaugural Corbould Composition Prize. Premiered by the Queensland Philharmonic, conducted by Patrick Strub. Also performed by the Melbourne Symphony, and used in their educational materials

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A matter of honour

solo trombone 3232 - 4331 - timp + 2 - str

duration  8.00

Knights in shining armour, damsels in distress, and a rollicking finale. This piece is written for advanced high school students to play, with a challenging solo trombone part. There is also a piano and trombone reduction.

Commissioned by Blackburn High School, Melbourne, for VCE performance by Kieran Conrau (Empire Horns, Cat Empire)

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2222 - 4231 - timp + 1 - hp - str

duration  10.00

A funeral procession, influenced by the funerary rites of several different cultures. A sparse, morbid opening gives way to a procession that gradually gains momentum, culminating in a wild paean to the dead.

Composed for the Australian Composer's Orchestral Forum (ACOF), mentored by Richard Mills. Premiered by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Porcelijn

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3333 - 4331 - timp + 3 - hp - synth - str

duration  18.00

Composed as part of PhD studies, this piece is based on the poem by Constantine Cavafy. The poem itself refers to the journey of life, and how you should live for the journey. This piece is also a journey; involving the assimilation of several musical genres into one. There is a prominent synthesizer part.

Ithaka was written specifically for university performers, and was premiered by the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Fabian Russell

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And the angel Gabriel said

brass ensemble

(4 tpt, 3 hn, 3 tbn, euph, tb)

duration  13.00

Although not overtly religious, this piece portrays the vision of angels to the prophet Daniel in the Bible. The first half depicts the mundane workings of the human world, through funk rhythms and harsh chords. In the second half the angels appear, with antiphonal trumpets adding to the halo of sound, until the entire performance space is ringing with sound.

Premiered at the Melbourne International Festival of Brass by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Brass Ensemble, conducted by Charles MacInnes. Further performances in Europe, and at the Sydney International Brass Festival

Wirripang The Bells Brass Ensemble Massive Brass Attack

Azna and Om

2 solo tb, 7 tbn, euph, 2 perc

(7 tbn = alto, 3 tbn, 2 bass tbn, cbass tbn)

duration  13.30

A portrayal of the relationship between a goddess and a god, represented by two solo tubas. This piece was commissioned by Steve Rossé (principal tuba, Sydney Symphony Orchestra), and specifically written for low brass.

After a dreamlike opening, the middle section is influenced by Latin rhythms and percussion. A slow, grand finale sees the soloists reconciled. It was recorded by Mr SC and the Wild Bones Gang in Europe, for future release

AvA Musical Editions The Wild Bones Gang

Drum 'n' bass

bass clar, drum kit

duration  8.30

Drum 'n' bass mostly refers to a style of electronic music beginning in the 90s. This piece explores drum 'n' bass, hip hop and techno grooves, using acoustic performers. It was written for Carl Rossman and Peter Neville, who premiered it for the Melbourne Composer's League

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Duke's crusade

alto sax, piano

duration  8.00

A jazz / Classical hybrid for Michael Duke (University of Sydney), showcasing his skills across multiple genres. The opening theme is then developed to create most of the material in the piece. A driving ostinato in the piano underpins a quasi improvised section, until the theme returns.

This piece has been included in several exam syllabi, including AMEB and HSC

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solo euphonium

duration  4.00

A funky concert opener commissioned and premiered by virtuoso Australian euponist Matt van Emmerik. Live recording from the premiere at the University of Texas, Rio Gande Valley

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The four immortals

4 brass soloists, brass ensemble

(ens = 3 tpt, 3 hn, 2 tbn, eupho, tb)

duration  12.00

The four immortals are Athena, Apollo, Zeus and Poseidon. In the original version commissioned by the Sydney International Brass Festival, the soloists were all low brass with a low brass ensemble. The regular brass ensemble arrangement can be performed with the original solo parts, or four orchestral brass soloists.

This piece involves funk improvisation, and a dialogue between soloists and the ensemble

AvA Musical Editions Paceline USA UA Trombone Choir

A golden summer day

tpt, piano

duration  5.00

The warmth of a sunny day is the starting point for a brief ternary piece, written for advanced students. The work was commissioned by Muso's Media to be used as the Open test piece at the Victorian Band League annual State Championships. It can be performed on cornet or trumpet, and has also been arranged for trumpet and organ.

It has been included in the VCE Solo Performance syllabus for trumpet

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The old house

tb, piano

duration  7.00

Written for Australian tubist Per Forsberg, this piece is mostly a ballad in brass band style. It gives the tuba a rare chance to show off a dark, expressive tone. Recorded in the USA by Jeremy Crawford and Kevin Chance

Reed Music Emeritus Recordings


tpt, tbn, acoustic gtr (+ effects pedals)

duration  9.00

Organic modes and gentle lines give way to a harsh, jazz dance. Improvisation in the horns, with reverb and delay pedals in the guitar part.

Commissioned by Ensemble Three, through the University of Melbourne. Premiered by Ensemble Three (Joel Brennan, Don Immel and Ken Murray) in China

Potenza Music USA Tall Poppies

The pioneer

acoustic gtr

duration  17.00

A suite of five movements, each based on a Heidelberg School painting. They are Bailed Up (Tom Roberts), Obstruction Box Hill (Jane Sutherland), Lost (McCubbin), The Pioneer (McCubbin), and Still Glides The Stream (Streeton). Written for Ken Murray (University of Melbourne), who premiered the suite at the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery.

Still Glides The Stream is available, the other movements are under revision

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Pipe music

orchestral brass, timp, organ

(brass = 3 tpt, 2 or 4 hn, 3 tbn, tb)

duration  3.00

A fanfare commissioned by the City of Melbourne, in which brass, timpani and pipe organ vie for supremacy! Brilliant and fiery, without using up the chops of the brass players for the rest of the concert.

Premiered by Orchestra Victoria, also performed at the Melbourne International Festival of Brass

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Suite for trumpet and organ

tpt, organ

duration  14.45

Neo-Baroque suite using older forms and techniques. The movements are Intrada, Passacaglia, Fantasia, Dolorosa, Cadenza and Indefatigueable. Written for Anthony Pope (Orchestra Victoria) and Dominic Perissinotto (Basilica of St Patrick, Fremantle).

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Urban songs

String quartet 1

2 vln, vla, vc

duration  18.00

Life in an urban environment. Sometimes you’re alone in a crowd, sometimes there’s a lack of privacy; and sometimes you belong to something larger than yourself.

And There I Was - find your own rhythm amongst the noise of the city, find your place in the sights and sounds. Streetlights And Lost Souls - flickering streetlights stand sentinel over a lonely streetscape at night, home only to the homeless. The Union - the rhythm of the city, the racing of the trains, the tramping of the commuter army, the heartbeats of a million people.

The result of a Melbourne Recital Centre 'Local Heroes' commission, Urban Songs has been performed by the Letter String Quartet and Allotropy String Quartet. The Silo String Quartet premiered the original version of And There I Was at a Melbourne Composer's League concert

Wirripang Silo String Quartet


The coffee song

SSA / SAB / SATB choir, piano

duration  2.00

A lively homage to that marvellous bean, and part of a planned series on modern life. Words and music by Andrew Batterham. A very entertaining concert piece for choir and audience alike.

Performed often by Southern Voices, Melbourne, and recorded by the Composer's Choir USA

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This is my time

voice, piano / orch

duration  5.00

An athlete's anthem. Words and music by Andrew Batterham

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Three psalms

SATB choir, organ / piano

duration  around 2 minutes each

Psalm settings suitable for use in secular or church occasions. Psalm 70 Save Me O God is fiery and exciting; 117 Praise the Lord All Nations is strong and steady, and 131 Lord I Have Given Up My Pride is dreamy and chromatic.

Psalm 100 Make a Joyful Noise has also been set

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The young prince Of Tyre

baritone, piano

duration  3.00

Setting of an Ern Malley poem. Part of a wider collection of vocal settings of these hoax poems by many different composers, published by Lyrebird Press in Melbourne

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concert band

duration  6.00

A concert opener in traditional ABA form. This piece contains everything a band needs in performance; brilliant fanfares, smooth inner sections, and exciting percussion work. It has been performed by a variety of bands, including the Grainger Wind Symphony in Melbourne.

Commissioned by Caulfield Grammar School Melbourne for their European tour. A video of the premiere conducted by Simon Brown can be found on the About page

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solo tuba, piano / symphonic band

duration  13.00

An advanced work in two parts, showcasing the diverse talents of an extraordinary musician. Portuguese tubist Sérgio Carolino can play Classical, funk, be-bop and had a duo with a DJ. This piece consists of a traditional wind band ballad with a heartfelt climax, moving into a funk jam with drums and an extended improvisation for the soloist.

Premiered by Sérgio Carolino and the Banda Sinfónica Portuguesa conducted by Francisco Ferreira, during the São João Festival in Porto, Portugal. This piece won the Harvey Phillips Award for composition at the ITEC conference in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. Sergio has also performed Concertino in Spain and Mexico. The Australian premiere was by Per Forsberg with the Grainger Wind Symphony, conducted by Roland Yueng. The USA premiere was by Mike Forbes at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, conducted by Callum Lucas. Mike also premiered the piano version at Gravissimo! Festival in Portugal with Bernardo Pinhal.

Potenza Music USA Banda de Alcobaça Mike Forbes, U of Wisconsin

How to win the rat race

big band

duration  7.30

Funk original written for the Daryl MacKenzie Jazz Orchestra. This chart leans on the advanced capabilities of great musicians, with a big tenor solo and a passionate conclusion. Recorded by the DMJO on their album Scallywag. See Selected discs

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big band

duration  6.00

Funk original. James Morrison and Yellowjacket legend Bob Mintzer both enjoyed playing this tune.

This chart has received performances from such diverse big bands as the Daryl MacKenzie Jazz Orchestra, the Matt Amy Really Big Band, and school bands such as Blackburn High School (who also included a DJ), and Camberwell High School (who includedjazz legend James Morrison). Filthy electric guitar solo, followed by tenor sax. A lot of fun live

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solo euphonium, piano / brass band

duration  10.00

Three movement-variations on Paganini's Caprice no. 24 for solo euphonium and brass band. Written for Matt van Emmerik and Peter Baker as a euphonium and piano work, this version was premiered by Victoria Brass, conducted by Mark Ford. A video of the performance can be found on the Media page.

Caprice has also been performed by Matt in Hong Kong, and in the USA with the River City Band conducted by James Gourlay. The piece has been recorded on Matt's CD Homeland

Potenza Records Matt van Emmerik, Victoria Brass Fletcher Mitchell, Marko Hilpo

On to the field

symphonic band, organ

duration  13.00

A large work celebrating the birth of Australia's independence movement at the Eureka Stockade. One of the founders of the Ballarat Reform League, Timothy Hayes, penned some inspirational words to be read aloud at the Monster Meeting on Bakery Hill just before the uprising; it is from these words the title is taken.

Commissioned by the City of Melbourne. Premiered by the Royal Australian Air Force Band, conducted by Squadron Leader Steve Wright



Winter music

Piano sonata 1


duration  24.00

Part of a Four Seasons piano project. Inspired by Western poetry on the subject of winter, including works by Walter De La Mare and William Blake. The opening and closing movements recall the sound of bells tolled in the distance, a nod to the snowy winter landscapes of Caspar Freidrich

This recording is by Emma Cutting

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Spring music

Piano sonata 2


duration  25.00

Inspired by Indigenous Australian concepts relating to the arrival of spring. Down from Corhanwarrabul depicts the slow procession down into spring lowlands by the Wurrundjeri people, as well as acting as a metaphor for the extermination of their culture. Orchid Season is a lively depiction of flora coming to life, and Birrarung Marr respectfully portrays a meeting of cultures and families by the river.

The composition of this piece was assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. The composer wishes to acknowledge the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, and the Wurundjeri Tribe Land and Compensation Cultural Heritage Council for their advice on matters involving Woi-wurrung words and the Wurundjeri culture

The development of this piece was generously helped by the skills of Melbourne based pianist, Natasha Lin

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Out there


duration  2.45

Commissioned for the opening of the International Astronomer's Conference, Sydney. A colourful, descriptive event opener depicting mankind's study of the stars.

Premiered by Robin Batterham on the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall organ. Recorded at Scot's Church, Melbourne

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Organ sonata 1


duration  12.30

One-movement piece in continuous variation form, where each variation is based on the preceeding one. By the end of the journey, the music is very different from the beginning.

Recorded by Robin Batterham in Ormond College chapel, Melbourne. To be recorded soon by Dominic Perisonotto, Director of Music at St Patrick's Basilica, Fremantle, for whom Organ Sonata 2 is currently being written

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