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Part 1: The First Generation

  1. Composers of Their Time: Early modernists and neo-classicists (PDF, 1.0MB)
  2. Composers Looking Back: Late romantics and the nineteenth-century legacy (PDF, 1.0MB)
  3. Phyllis Campbell (1891–1974) (PDF, 630KB)Fiona Fraser

Part 2: The Second Generation (PDF, 52KB)

  1. Post–1945 Modernism Arrives in Australia (PDF, 2.6MB)
  2. Retrospective Composers (PDF, 728KB)
  3. Pluralism (PDF, 812KB)
  4. Sitsky’s Chamber Music (PDF, 1.8MB)Edward Neeman

Part 3: The Third Generation (PDF, 52KB)

  1. The Next Wave of Modernism (PDF, 1.3MB)
  2. Maximalism (PDF, 204KB)
  3. Pluralism (PDF, 2.3MB)

Part 4: The Fourth Generation (PDF, 52KB)

  1. The Fourth Generation (PDF, 1.7MB)

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1.Dance of the White Browed Babbler

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Recording the Brewster-Jones Bird Impressions is a significant step in our knowledge of early 20th century Australian Music. Sadly, the composer never heard his work performed in public or indeed published, and it has taken almost 100 years for this major opus to make it into the public arena. Adelaide in the early 1920s would have regarded the idea of using Australian bird calls as thematic material for a series of art-music pieces as bizarre. Brewster-Jones therefore did not even bother making a fine copy of his work and so all we have is the music in the composer’s barely legible scrawl, obviously written down in a hurry and for his private edification. My research assistant, Dr. Judith Crispin, spent many long months transcribing the very rough manuscripts into computer type-setting. As pianist, I had to make sense of the often sketchy material to arrive at a hopefully convincing final product. The pieces vary from simple to quite sophisticated and the harmonies which cloak the bird calls are at times advanced for their day. Brewster-Jones was obviously familiar with the output of Scriabin and Debussy, which, combined with his own original bent, make some of the pieces quite arresting even now. I have put my working scores on line for the listener’s interest; but really, every pianist must begin with the original text and then make something of it. I treated his score as I treat scores by others- that is, with more freedom than some of my pianistic colleagues may approve! The original scores also have a very informative essay by Judith Crispin about the problems of working with the original material, to be found in the Barr-Smith Library in Adelaide. The only edition of the work available commercially is by The Keys Press in Perth. I hope that other pianists will now take up these pieces. Larry Sitsky

10a.One of Haysen's Hens

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10b.Song of the Brown Treecreeper at Heysens

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11.Song of the Yellow-breasted Shrike Tit at Bridgewater

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12.Shrike Thrush 7.30A.M.

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13.Pallid Cuckoo at Dusk

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14.Magpie in the Air

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15.Mudlark, or the Magpie Lark

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16.Shrike Thrush at the Window

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17.White Shafted Fantail

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18.Red Wattle Bird

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19.Crescent Honey-eater (Egypt)

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2.Boom of the Bronze-wing Pigeon

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20.Honey-eater in the Heather

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21.Shrike Thrush (Morning at Glen Osmond)

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22.Shrike Thrush in the Driving Mist of Morn

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23.Love Calls of the Tawny Crowned Honey-eater

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25.Golden-Breasted Whistler

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26.Call of the White Naped Honey-eater

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27.Bronzewing and a Wet Dawn

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28.Rosella's Wooing

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29.Calm After Rain

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3.Song of the Grey Shrike Thrush

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30.Blackbird in the Olives

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31.Blackbird in the Garden

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32.Superb Warbler

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33.Shrike Thrush at Long Gully Station

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34.Shrike Thrush in the Spring Shower at Dawn

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35.Shrike Thrush in the Saplings (at Ambleside)

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36.The Cooing Pigeon

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37.Shrike Thrush by the River

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38a.The Skylark in Australia

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38bReed Warbler

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39.Scarlet-breasted Robin

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4.White Shafted Fantail

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40.The Magpie in the Tree

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41.Two Captive Magpies

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42.Rosellas in the Misty Morning

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43Greenie

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44.Blackbird

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45a.Golden-breasted Whistler(a)

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45b.Golden-breasted Whistler(b)

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46a.Golden-breasted Whistler

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46b.Madame Golden-breasted Whistler

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47.Mopoke

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48.Wattle Bird in the Gardens

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49.The Distant Magpie

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5.Bronze-wing's Mating Song

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50.Shrike Thrush

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51.Calls of the Bell Bird

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52.The Spotted Pardalote on High

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53.Tom Tit

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54.Calls of the Pallid Cuckoo

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55.The Peaceful Dove

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56.Blackbird at Rose Park

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57.Crescent Honey-eater

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58.Bird by the Brook

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59.The Spotted Pardelote on High

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6.Black Swans Flying

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60.The Yellow-tailed Pardalote

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61.The Fighting Fantails

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62.Tawney Crowned Honey-eater

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63.Diamond Firetail

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64.Shrike Thrush, Call 7

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65.Shrike Thrush in the Fog

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66.Striped honey-eater

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67.Mysterious Mopoke

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68.Jacky Winter Enlivens the Farmyard

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69.Wattle Bird at Noon

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7.Tree Creeper

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70.Blackbird in the St. John's Tree

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8.Quarrelsome Blue Wrens

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9.Wattle Bird

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book1

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Bird Call Impressions, Book 1. Hooper Brewster Jones (1887-1949) Please note: The original publisher (Keys Press) has requested that only the first page of each piece be provided here.

book2

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Bird Call Impressions, Book 2. Hooper Brewster Jones (1887-1949) Please note: The original publisher (Keys Press) has requested that only the first page of each piece be provided here.

book3

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Bird Call Impressions, Book 3. Hooper Brewster Jones (1887-1949) Please note: The original publisher (Keys Press) has requested that only the first page of each piece be provided here.

book4

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Bird Call Impressions, Book 4. Hooper Brewster Jones (1887-1949) Please note: The original publisher (Keys Press) has requested that only the first page of each piece be provided here.

book5

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Bird Call Impressions, Book 5. Hooper Brewster Jones (1887-1949) Please note: The original publisher (Keys Press) has requested that only the first page of each piece be provided here.

book6

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Bird Call Impressions, Book 6. Hooper Brewster Jones (1887-1949) Please note: The original publisher (Keys Press) has requested that only the first page of each piece be provided here.