My Writing Portfolio

As a budding music critique and program notes writer, I have put together some of my published words so that you can see examples of my work. Please contact me if you are interested in working together.

Maurice Ravel – Mother Goose Suite

Maurice Ravel was a leading composer in the development of French Music in the early 20th century. In the Autumn of 1908, he was inspired to write a piano duet for two children named Mimie and Jean Godebski. Influenced by the tale of Sleeping Beauty, Ravel entitled the piece Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant”, or “Lullaby of Sleeping Beauty”.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 5

Tchaikovsky is undoubtedly one of Russia’s most frequently performed composers, and his fifth symphony is regarded as one of his most successful works. On April 15, 1888, adjacent to a conceptual sketch of the piece, he stated:
‘Introduction. Complete resignation before Fate, or, which is the same, before the inscrutable predestination of Providence. Allegro (I) Murmurs, doubts, lamentations, reproaches against… XXX. (II) Shall I throw myself into the embraces of Faith?’

Peter Sculthorpe – Sonata for Strings No. 2

Peter Sculthorpe was one of Australia’s most influential composers. It has been said that he was the most prominent character in the development of Australian music and played an important part in capturing this country’s culture in his music. In 1988, the Australian Chamber Orchestra commissioned Sculthorpe to compose a work for their forthcoming European tour.

Carl Maria von Weber – Der Freitschütz

Der Freischütz was one of the key definers of a German style of opera. The storyline embraces ideas from both the supernatural and the world of nature, as did so many works of German romanticism.

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