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These works are represented through the Australian Music Centre, Sydney2012 Etude op.10.6 (Chopin / Bodman Rae), for string quintet. Duration: 4:30.  An arrangement of Chopin's Etude in E flat minor, op.10 no.6.  The latest in a continuing series of orchestrations and arrangements of Chopin works designed to emphasise his innovations in chromatic harmony. Written for and dedicated to the Australian String Quartet.  Première to be given by the ASQ on 5 October 2012.2012 Ghosts of Galicia, for violin, clarinet, cello and piano. Duration: 15 minutes. Commissioned by the Soundstream Ensemble. Composed as a complement to Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time. Première given on 29 July 2012.  ISMN 979-0-720128-72-62012 Ceol Mor II, for solo bassoon. Duration: 14 minutes. Commissioned by and dedicated to the bassoonist, Mark Gaydon. Première given by him in a broadcast for ABC Classic FM on 20 July 2012.  ISMN 979-0-720128-50-42012 Ceol Mor I, for violin, clarinet and piano. Duration: 12 minutes. Written for the Layton-Handworth-Ammer Trio. Première given on 14 March 2012 as part of the 2012 Adelaide Festival of Arts. Broadcast live by ABC Classic FM.  ISMN 979-0-720125-06-02012 Golden Ring, for solo piano. Duration ca. 12 minutes. Written for and dedicated to the Russian pianist, Konstantin Shamray, winner of the 2008 Sydney International Piano Competition. Première given by Shamray on 16 March 2012 as part of the 2012 Adelaide Festival of Arts, with live broadcast by ABC Classic FM.  ISMN 979-0-720125-05-32010 Partita Dalriada, for clarinet and piano. In five movements. Duration 15 minutes. Commissioned by Peter Handsworth and Stefan Ammer and premièred by them in a broadcast for Bavarian Radio on 20 April 2010. Also performed on tour in Munich, Augsburg, Freiburg and Hannover.  ISMN 979-0-67309-920-3.2010 Nocturne op.48.1 (Chopin / Bodman Rae), for full orchestra.  Duration ca.7 minutes. Written for and dedicated to Jacek Kaspszyk and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Chopin. This new orchestral version of Chopin's Nocturne op.48/1 was premièred on 30 October 2010 in a gala concert presenting the winner of the 2010 Chopin International Piano Competition.  The concert was broadcast live by Polish Radio 2 and through the European Broadcasting Union.  ISMN 979-0-67309-922-7.2010 Prélude op.45 (Chopin / Bodman Rae), for full orchestra. Duration ca.8 minutes.  Written for and dedicated to Jacek Kaspszyk and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Chopin.  An orchestration and elaboration (intentionally Mahlerian) of Chopin’s Prélude in C sharp minor op.45.  World première given in a gala concert on 1 October 2010 as the opening work in the orchestra's 75th jubilee season.  Broadcast live by Polish Radio 2, and through the European Broadcasting Union.  Also performed by other Polish orchestras in Oct-Dec 2010.  Both these Chopin orchestrations were part of the official celebrations of 2010 as the 'Chopin Year', under the patronage of the President of Poland and the European Parliament.  ISMN 979-0-67309-813-8.2009 Toccata Agogica, for solo flute.  Duration 5 minutes.  Commissioned by Elizabeth Koch as the test piece for the 2009 Australian Flute Competition. Premièred by all finalists on 3 October 2009, including the first and second prizewinners, Krzysztof Kaczka, and Jessica Jiang.  ISMN 979-0-67309-811-4.2007 Viola Concerto.  In three movements.  Duration: 32 minutes.  Commissioned by the International Viola Society, with funds provided by the Australia Council for the Arts. Première given at the 35th International Viola Congress on 1 July 2007. The soloist was the Swiss violist Jürg Dähler.  Recorded and broadcast nationally by ABC Classic FM.  ISMN 979-0-67309-921-0.2004 String Quartet no.2.  In five movements.  Duration: 32 minutes.  Commissioned by the Australian String Quartet for performance at the 2004 Adelaide Festival of Arts.  Composed to commemorate in 2004 the tenth anniversary of the death of Lutoslawski, to whose memory the work is dedicated.  Première given in a live ABC broadcast from the 2004 Adelaide Festival, 3 March 2004.  ISMN 979-0-67309-978-4.  Scheduled for performance by the Silesian String Quartet in Warsaw in late January 2013 as part of the Lutoslawski Centenary celebrations.1987 Fulgura Frango, for two pianos.  Duration: 5 minutes.  First performed at the Leeds College of Music Festival, March 1987, by the composer with Julian Cima.  First broadcast performance by BBC Radio 3 on 30 January 1990, performed by the composer and Julian Cima.  Australian première given at the 2002 Adelaide Festival of Arts, by the composer with Stefan Ammer, in a live broadcast for ABC Classic FM.  ISMN 979-0-720128-18-41987 Donaxis Quartet, for oboe, clarinet, bassoon and piano.  In five movements.  Duration: 20 minutes.  Commissioned by the Donaxis Ensemble with funds provided by the Yorkshire Arts Association.  Première given by the Donaxis Ensemble at the Harrogate International Festival, 10 August 1987.  US première given at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, 23 February 1993.  Australian première given by the composer (piano) with the Stellar Ensemble, Elder Hall, Adelaide, 21 May 2004. (recorded/broadcast by ABC Classic FM).  ISMN 979-0-720125-08-41982 Sonata for Guitar.  For solo guitar.  In four movements.  Duration: 15 minutes.  Commissioned by Graham Wade with funds provided by the Yorkshire Arts Association.  Première given by Graham Wade at the King's Manor, University of York, October 1982.  ISMN 979-0-67309-919-7.1982 Jede Irdische Venus, for solo piano.  In three movements.  Duration: 15 minutes.  World première given by the composer in a concert of the Polish Composers’ Union at the Chopin Academy of Music, Warsaw, 20 May 1982.  UK première given by Peter Lawson at the British Music Information Centre, January 1983.  Australian première given by the composer in a live ABC broadcast from the 2002 Adelaide Festival of Arts.1981 String Quartet no.1.  In two movements.  Duration: 20 minutes.  Commissioned by the Leodian String Quartet for the Bartók Centenary (1981). Première given in their Bartók Centenary series (with the Lindsays), 4 March 1981.  Dedicated to the memory of Bartók.  Opening work of the 1983 Leeds International Festival.1976 Six Verses of Vision, for soprano and chamber ensemble.  Setting of poems by Dylan Thomas.  Duration: 25 minutes.  Written for and dedicated to Jane Manning.  Première given by Jane Manning with the Cambridge Contemporary Music Group, conducted by the composer, in November 1976.1974 Primum Mobile, for symphony orchestra. Duration: 10 minutes.  One of four works selected for the finals of the Composers’ Competition (chaired by Aaron Copland) at the 1974 International Festival of Youth Orchestras in Aberdeen (the first prize went to Judith Weir).  Première given at the Marischal Hall, Aberdeen, by the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra of London, conducted by James Blair.  Recorded/broadcast by BBC Radio 3.  Professional début as composer.


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