History of Commssions and Premieres

CRISIS: THOUGHTS IN A CITY (1968) for orchestra UE 29004

Commission: Australian Youth Orchestra (1968)

World Premiere: AYO (Moshe Atzmon conductor), 28 May 1969, Sydney, Australia

THE LITTLE SHERIFF for piano (1969) UE 29132

FIVE WINDOWS (1969) for orchestra    UE 29007

Commission: Australian Broadcasting Commission (1969)

World Premiere: West Australian Symphony (Thomas Mayer conductor), 16 0ct 1969, Perth, Australia

THREE (1969) for string quartet & percussion UE 29010

Commission: Musica Viva Australia

World Premiere: Sydney String Quartet, Oct 1969, Sydney, Australia

FIVE (1970) for wind quintet UE 29088

Commission: University of New South Wales

World Premiere: Australian Wind Quintet, June 1971, Sydney, Australia

WATER...FOOTSTEPS...TIME... (1970) for orchestra UE 29060

Commission: Australian Broadcasting Commission

World Premiere: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (John Hopkins conductor), March 1971, Melbourne, Australia

ICE CARVING (1970) for violin & 4 string orchestras   UE 29085

Premiere Recording: Sydney Symphony Orchestra (John Hopkins conductor), Wilfred Lehmann violin, December 1972

Paris Rostrum 3rd Prize 1973

World Premiere: Australian Sinfonia (London) (Geoffrey Simon conductor), Nicolas Chumachenco violin, 29 May1977, St Johns Smith Square, London, UK

Australian Premiere: Sydney Symphony Orchestra (John Hopkins conductor), Donald Hazelwood violin, 28 Oct 1987, Town Hall, Sydney, Australia

SIX (1971) for percussion and orchestra UE 29128

Commission: Australian Broadcasting Commission for Les Percussions de Strasbourg

World Premiere: Les Percussions de Strasbourg, 23 October 1971, Town Hall Sydney, Australia

PLAYBACK (1972) for solo contrabass & 4-channel tape UE 29081

Commission: Bertram Turetsky

World Premiere: Bertram Turetsky, April 1973, San Diego, California, USA

WITHOUT GESTURE (1973) for orchestra   UE 29080

World Premiere: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (John Hopkins conductor), February 1976, Melbourne, Australia

FROM VOSS (1973) for soprano & percussion UE 29090(10)

World Premiere: April 1972, San Diego, California, USA

EDWARD JOHN EYRE (1971–73) chamber opera (Meredith Oakes libretto) UE 29067

Commission: University of NSW Opera Company

Australian Premiere: UNSW Opera Company (Roger Covell conductor), 1 May 1971, Sir John Clancy Auditorium, Sydney, Australia

Revised National Institute of Dramatic Art production, 31 July 1973, Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Sydney, Australia

European Premiere: Haarlem Baroque Ensemble (conductor Roger Covell), 11 August 1973, Haddo House, Aberdeen, UK 

SNOWFLAKE (1973) for keyboards UE 29082

Commission: Sydney Opera House Trust

World Premiere: Roger Woodward, 1973, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia

MIRROR IMAGES (1975) for ensemble UE 29127

World Premiere: New Audience Ensemble, 1976, Melbourne

NED (1974–77) opera   (Alan Seymour libretto) UE 29133

Commission: University of New South Wales Opera (unperformed)

SKY (1977) for string orchestra    UE 29212

Commission: Musica Viva Australia

World Premiere: Australian Chamber Orchestra, 22 August 1977, Dallas Brooks Hall, Melbourne, Australia

THE APOLOGY OF BONY ANDERSON (1978) opera   (Murray Copland libretto) UE 29218

Commission: Victoria State Opera

World Premiere: Victoria State Opera, 4 September 1978, Melbourne, Australia

MIRAGES (1978) for orchestra   UE 29223

Commission: Australian Sinfonia (London)

World Premiere: Australian Sinfonia (Geoffrey Simon conductor), September 1978, London, UK

BONY ANDERSON (1979) chamber opera (libretto Murray Copland) UE 29225

Commission: Seymour Group

World Premiere: Seymour Group (Vincent Plush conductor), Lyndon Terracini baritone, 26 June 1979, Cell Block Theatre, Sydney, Australia

US Premiere: Terra Australis (Geoffrey Simon conductor), David O’Keeffe baritone, 11 March 1986, Symphony Space, New York City, NY

RUMOURS (1978)  (ballet choreographed to SKY for part one, FIVE WINDOWS for part two,

SNOWFLAKE and ICE CARVING for part three)

World Premiere: Sydney Dance Company (Graeme Murphy choreographer), 3 November 1978, Sydney, Australia

SHADOWS OF NOH: Concerto for Double Bass (1979) UE 29244(20)

World Premiere: Victorian College of the Arts Orchestra, Bertram Turetsky, July 1979.

US Premiere:  International Orchestra of USIS, Bertram Turetsky, 1 April 1989

BASHO (1980) for soprano & ensemble UE 29239

Commission: Capricorn Ensemble

World Premiere: Capricorn Ensemble, Jane Manning soprano, 13 October 1981, London, UK

JOURNEYS (1980) for solo player (clarinets & saxophones) UE 29242

Commission: Peter Clinch

World Premiere: Peter Clinch, 21 September 1980, Melbourne, Australia

STRING QUARTET (1980) UE 29241

Commission: Maggs Award

World Premiere: Petra String Quartet, 21 September 1980, Melbourne, Australia

VIOLA (1981) for solo viola UE 29222

*IMAGINARY LETTERS (1981) for chamber choir UE 29230

Commission: Musica Viva Australia

World Premiere: Leonine Consort, May 1981, Mittagong, Australia

HORIZONS: Concerto for Orchestra (1980) UE 29270

Commission: Australian Youth Orchestra

World Premiere: Australian Youth Orchestra (John Hopkins conductor), Adelaide Festival Theatre, 9 June 1981, Adelaide, Australia

SOUTHERN CROSS: Double Concerto for Violin and Piano (1981) UE 29252

Commission:  Australian Broadcasting Commission 50th Anniversary

World Premiere: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Hiroyuki Iwaki conductor), Wanda Wilkomirska violin, Roger Woodward piano, 24 April 1982, Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia

Paris Rostrum 4th Prize 1985

DWELLINGS (1982) for ensemble UE 29255

Commission: MacPhail Centre for the Arts

World Premiere:  sfz Ensemble, 15 May 1982, Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Australian Premiere: Australia Ensemble, September 1987

UK Premiere: Britten Sinfonia, 11 July 1997, Cambridge, UK

VOICINGS (1983) for ensemble and tape UE 29265

Commission: Flederman Ensemble

World Premiere: Flederman Ensemble, Sydney Opera House, 10 December 1983, Sydney, Australia

UK Premiere: Lontano Ensemble, Queen Elizabeth Hall, 19 April 1989, London, UK

CELLO CONCERTO (1984) for cello & string orchestra UE 29262

Commission: Musica Viva Australia

World Premiere: Australian Chamber Orchestra (Carl Pini director), Florian Kitt cello, 24 October 1985, Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Sydney, Australia

European Premiere: (same ensemble), February 1986, Villach, Austria

FLY (1982–84) opera (Murray Copland libretto) UE 29338(30)

Commission: Victoria State Opera

World Premiere: Victoria State Opera and Orchestra (John Hopkins conductor), Murray Copland director, Shaun Gurton design, Anthony Roden tenor, John Wood baritone, Margaret Haggart, Val Mills & Christine Ferraro sopranos, 24 August 1984, State Theatre, Melbourne, Australia

PREVIEW (1984) for solo cello UE 29292

Commission: Florian Kitt

World Premiere: Florian Kitt, 1984, Vienna, Austria

ANTIPODES (1984–85) for orchestra, chorus & soloists UE 29300

Commission: Victoria 150th Anniversary Committee

World Premiere: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Hiroyuki Iwaki conductor), Merlyn Quaife soprano, Ron Stevens tenor, James Christiansen baritone, Trevor Phillips didgeridoo, 9 May 1985, Melbourne Concert Hall, Melbourne, Australia

GENERATIONS (1985) for orchestra UE 29300

Commission: Victoria 150th Anniversary Committee

World Premiere: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Hiroyuki Iwaki conductor), Osaka, Japan

THE OATH OF BAD BROWN BILL (1985) children’s opera (Murray Copland libretto, from Stephen Axelson’s book) UE 29303

Commission: Playbox Theatre

World Premiere: Playbox, Murray Copland director, Simon O’Loughlin, Jan Friedl, Peter Cox, David O’Keeffe, James Harkness & Linton Roe singers, Helen English music director, John Beckett and Gerry Nixon design, 6 January 1986, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia

HAMLET & MEASURE FOR MEASURE (1985) music for theatrical double bill

Commission: Playbox Theatre

Premiere: Playbox, Rex Cramphorn director, 1 May1985, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia

RECURRENCES (1986) for large orchestra UE 29323

Commission: University of Melbourne

World Premiere: University of Melbourne Faculty Orchestra (Michael Brimer conductor), 5 June 1986, Melba Hall, Melbourne, Australia


VAST (1987) ballet score for orchestra:

VAST I 'The Sea' (1987) UE 29326

VAST II 'The Coast' (1987) UE 29329

VAST III 'The Centre' (1987) UE 29332

VAST IV 'The Cities' (1987) UE 29335

Commission: Australian Bicentennial Authority

World Premiere: Ballet performance by an ensemble of all four major Australian dance companies (Sydney Dance Company, Australian Dance Theatre, the Queensland Ballet and the West Australian Ballet Company), with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchetsra )John Hopkins conductor)  4 March 1988, Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Australia.

GLIMPSES (1987) for chamber orchestra UE 29348(40)

Commission: Australian Bicentennial Authority

World Premiere: Australian Chamber Orchestra (Max McBride conductor),  October 1987, SUNY, Stony Brook, NY, USA

BENNELONG (1988) puppet opera (Murray Copland libretto) UE 29345

Commission: Australian Bicentennial Authority

World Premiere: Australian Chamber Orchestra (Max McBride conductor), puppets & design Mirka Mora, direction John Beckett, Tom Edmonds tenor, Beverley Bergen soprano, 21April 1988, Groningen, Holland

Australian Premiere: same ensemble, 4 October 1988, Newcastle, Australia

MATILDA (1988) for chorus and orchestra    UE 29340

Commission: Australian Bicentennial Authority (Victoria)

World Premiere: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Third Military District Band & Combined Choruses of Victoria, September 1985, Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Australia (conductor Richard Divall).

STREAMS (1988) for flute, harp & viola UE 29350

Commission: Music Today Tokyo (Japan)

World Premiere: Hiroshi Koizumi (flute),Mari KImura (Harp) Yoko Fujita (viola) Music Today, 27 October 1988, Tokyo

MONUMENTS Concerto for Piano & DX7 (1989) UE 29400

Commission: Albany Symphony Orchestra (USA)

World Premiere: Albany Symphony (Geoffrey Simon conductor), Tamas Ungar keyboards, 18 May 1989, Troy, NY, USA

Australian Premiere: Sydney Symphony Orchestra (Richard Mills conductor), Michael Kieran Harvey keyboards, 22 March 2007, Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Sydney, Australia

WATERWAYS: Concerto for Viola (1990) UE 29401

Commission: Dutch Radio

World Premiere: Dutch Radio Symphony Orchestra (Matthias Bamert conductor), Ron Ephrat viola, 18 May 1990, Utrecht, Holland

Australian Premiere: Sydney Symphony Orchestra (Matthias Bamert conductor), Patricia Pollett viola, 1 November 1991, Seymour Centre, Sydney, Australia

CLOUDLINES I: Concerto for Harp (1991) (large orchestra) UE 29500

Commission: Australian Youth Orchestra

World Premiere:  AYO (John Hopkins conductor), Alice Giles harp, 22 January 1991, Sydney, Australia

CLOUDLINES 2: Concerto for Harp (1991) (chamber orchestra) UE 29500

Commission: Australian Youth Orchestra

World Premiere:  AYO (John Hopkins conductor), Alice Giles harp, May 1991, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

AWAKENINGS (1991) for solo harp UE 29501

Commission: Australian Music Centre

World Premiere: Marshall Maguire, 2 November 1991, Sydney, Australia

SHININGS (1992) for ensemble     UE 29550

Commission: Seymour Group

World Premiere: Seymour Group, August 1992, Seymour Centre, Sydney, Australia

DECADES (1992) for orchestra     UE 29552

Commission:  Symphony Australia

World Premiere: Sydney Symphony Orchestra (Vernon Handley conductor), 9 September 1992, Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Sydney, Australia

AFTERIMAGES (1993) for Koto and Percussion   UE 29560

Commission: Satsuki Odamura

World Premiere:  Satsuki Odamura koto, Ian Cleworth percussion, 10 December 1993, Sydney, Australia

BUNDANON (1994) for piano and orchestra

Dedicated to Arthur Boyd

World Premiere: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Hiruyuki Iwaki conductor), Kaori Kimura piano,

5 November 1994, Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne, Australia

AFTERIMAGES 2 (1994) for Koto and Orchestra

Commission: Satsuki Odamura

World Premiere: Hunter Orchestra (Roland Peelman conductor), Satsuki Odamura koto, 5 May 1995, Newcastle, Australia

DAWNING (1996) for orchestra    Boosey&Hawkes

Commission:  Sacramento Symphony (USA)

World Premiere: Symphony (Geoffrey Simon conductor), 28 April 1996, Sacramento, CA, USA

PASSING (1998) for Orchestra    Boosey&Hawkes

Commission: Sydney Symphony Orchestra

World Premiere: SSO (Hiroyuki Iwaki conductor), 20 August 1999, Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Sydney, Australia

YEARNINGS (1999) for ensemble   

Commission: Australia Ensemble

World Premiere: Australia Ensemble, 7 August 1999, Sir John Clancy Auditorium, Sydney, Australia

STRING QUARTET 2(1999)

Commission: Musica Viva Australia

World Premiere: Ensemble 24, 17 July 2000, Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Sydney, Australia

SEASONS (2000) for marimba & orchestra

Commission: Australian Youth Orchestra

World Premiere: Camerata Australia, Clare Edwardes marimba, 13 January 2001, Harvard, Cambridge MA, USA

FLUTE (2001) for flute   

World Premiere: Susan Hampton, 9 May 2001, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, USA

ANTI-PODS (2001) for two pianos  

World Premiere: Steven Weigt & Richard Whalley, 9 May 2001, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, USA

ORGAN (2001) organ

World Premiere: April 2001, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, USA

FIX (2001-2004) for baritone & orchestra (text by Janis Balodis)

Commission: Sydney Symphony Orchestra

World Premiere: Sydney Symphony Orchestra (James Judd conductor), Teddy Tahu Rhodes baritone,

4 August 2004, Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Sydney, Australia

PLAYGROUND (2002) for violin, clarinet and piano

Commission: Verdehr Trio

World Premiere: Verdehr Trio, 19 September 2004, Maine, USA

VEILS 1 (2003) for solo piano   

Commission: Associate Board of the Royal School of Music

VEILS 2 (2003) for solo piano   

Commission: Ananda Sukarlan

World Premiere: Ananda Sukarlan, 24 September 2003, Oslo, Norway

DREAMS GO WANDERING STILL (2003) for orchestra

Commission: Adelaide Festival

World Premiere: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (Richard Mills conductor), March 2004, Adelaide, Australia

CATHEDRAL 1 (2005) for cello and piano  

Commission: Duo de Saram-Sukarlan

World Premiere: Rohan de Saram and Ananda Sukarlan, 1 March 2006, Queens Hall, Edinburgh, UK

NOW THAT DARKNESS (2005) for orchestra

Commission: Potter Foundation

World Premiere: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Martyn Brabbins conductor), 23 May 2005. Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne, Australia

CATHEDRAL 2 (2006) for clarinet and piano

World Premiere: Paul Todd clarinets, Mark Kruger piano, 20 July 2006, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

TO THE EDGE (2006) for chamber orchestra

Commission: Pro Arte Australia

World Premiere: Pro Arte Australia (Jeffrey Crellin conductor), 16 July 2006, Edge Theatre, Melbourne, Australia

ELECTRIC LENIN (2005–2006) chamber opera (Janis Balodis  libretto) Hal Leonard/CoEdition

Commission: Lyndon Terracini

World Premiere: Northern Rivers Performing Arts, Patrick Nolan director, Catherine Sproule design, Craig Walsh video design, Jason Barry-Smith baritone, Gaye Macfarlane mezzo-soprano, 22 November 2006, City Hall, Lismore, Australia

DRY SPELL chamber ensemble (2008) Hal Leonard/CoEdition

World Premiere: September 2009 Melbourne Australia

CAL TUENT (2006-2008)  for soloists & orchestra Hal Leonard/CoEdition

Commission: Groupo Serra (Mallorca Spain)

World Premiere: October 10, Palma, Mallorca Spain.

ABOUT K.I. (2009)  concerto for Double Bass & orchestra Hal Leonard/CoEdition

World Premieres: April 4th (synthetic orchestra) and 7th (live orchestra), Cambridge Massachusetts and State College Pennsylvania,, USA

SHOWBOAT KALANG (2010) for ensemble

Commission Australia Ensemble

Worl Premiere:, March 2011 Sydney Australia

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