After a recent visit to Washington DC, I composed Joie de vivre (for Horn in F & Piano) as a celebratory piece dedicated to my American friends Darrell & Kate upon the occasion of the birth of their son, Ethan.
Scored for SATB choir, this setting of Michael J. Smith's poem was commissioned by The Australian Voices. It depicts colourful butterflies fluttering to the ocean from mountains, valleys, hills and plains.
"All is one and one is all (for a cappella SATB choir, 2008) invites us to listen to the voice of stillness, moss and rain amidst the green glow of a dripping rainforest, a timeless place where all is one and one is all.
"Roundabout" (2002) is a playful piece for solo violin. The title describes the way in which the bars and phrases of music "loop-the-loop" before spinning off in various directions. Published by Reed Music.
This score was commissioned in 2002 for performance by The Brisbane Chorale, directed by Christopher Kiver. Scored for a cappella SATB choir, the work is a setting of John Kinsella's poem, "Child Sightings".
"Links" (for a cappella SATB choir) is a setting of John Kinsella's poem of the same name in which the "world buckles under the sun", birds "fly deep into desert" and "sand becomes an astrolabe to the stars".
Scored for a cappella SATB choir, "Voice of the River" combines Victor Carell's poem of 1992 entitled "Voice of the River" with excerpts of a hymn of circa 1170-1200 entitled "The Dulcis Jesu Memoria".
"Unity", a setting of Kevin Gilbert's poem, was commissioned by the Department of School Education NSW Performing Arts Unit for the NSW Combined Public Schools Senior Choir and Public Schools Orchestra.
"Lo, there is light!" was commissioned by The Harvard University Choir. Text: Reginald Heber's hymn "Brightest and best of the sons of the morning" and "Sunrise on the Coast" by A. B. (Banjo) Paterson.
This work was first performed at the Sydney University Orchestral Composers' Workshop conducted by Antony Walker in July 1992. It was subsequently included in the University Orchestra's concert series.