ORCHESTRAL COMPOSITIONS
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Symphonies:
see Reviews - of the symphonies CD
and Articles -
Journies Through Light and Dark (CD program notes)

Toward The Shining Light (Symphony #1) (1988) 21'
2(picc, afl) 2(ca) 2(bcl) 2 - 4 3 3 1 - 3 perc - pf(cel) - strings
(Commissioned by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra)
Premiere: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra cond. Hiroyuki Iwaki 1988
Performances: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony, West Australian Symphony, Queensland Symphony
Recordings: MSO cond. Richard Mills ABC Classics CD; Krasnoyarsk SO/Andrew Wheeler Etcetera Records CD

Stars In A Dark Night (Symphony #2) (1989) 24'
2(picc, afl) 2(ca) 2(bcl) 2(cbn) - 4 3 3 1 - timp, 3perc - hp, pf (cel) - strings [2db with low C]
(Commissioned by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra)
Performances: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra cond. Janos Furst, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Janos Furst (Finland), Krasnoyarsk Symphony Orchestra
Recording: Krasnoyarsk SO cond. Andrew Wheeler Etcetera Records CD

Voices From The Fire (Symphony #3) (1991) 23'
3(picc, afl) 3(ca) 3(bcl) 2 - 4 3 2 1 - timp, 3perc - pf(cel) - strings
(Commissioned by the ABC and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the ABC’s 50th Anniversary)
Performances: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra cond. Nicholas Cleobury, Bavarian Radio Orchestra cond. Patrick Thomas, Krasnoyarsk Symphony Orchestra
Recording: Krasnoyarsk SO cond. Andrew Wheeler Etcetera Records CD

Born From Good Angel's Tears (Symphony #4) (1995) 18'
2 2 3 2 - 4 2 3 1- timp, 2 perc - hp, pf (cel) - strings
(Commissioned by the University of Melbourne)
Performances: Melbourne University Symphony Orchestra cond. Geoffrey Simon, Krasnoyarsk Symphony Orchestra cond. Andrew Wheeler
Recordings: Krasnoyarsk SO cond. Andrew Wheeler Etcetera Records CD; Tasmanian SO cond. Ola Rudner ABC Classics CD

Dark Side (Symphony #5) (1999) 35'
3 3 3 3 - 4 2 3 1- timp, 3 perc - strings
(Commissioned by the Krasnoyarsk Symphony Orchestra)
Premiere: Krasnoyarsk Symphony Orchestra cond. Andrew Wheeler
Recording: Krasnoyarsk SO cond. Andrew Wheeler Etcetera Records CD

Tyranny of Distance (Symphony #6) (2009) 38'
3 3 3 3 - 4 2 3 1- timp, 4 perc - soprano, didgeridoo, choir - strings + live visuals
(composed as Composer in Residence with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with the assistance of a University of Melbourne Vice Chancellor's Fellowship)
Premiere: October 17, 2009, Hamer Hall, MSO cond. Warwick Stengards
Merlyn Quaife, sop; Jida Gulpilil, didgeridoo; MSO Chorus directed by Jonathan Grieves-Smith; visuals by Tim Gruchy
Melbourne International Festival of the Arts 2009

Overtures and Occasional Works:
Festive Overture (1981) 10'
2 2 2 2 - 4 3 3 2 - timp, 2perc - strings
(First Prize, 1981 Townsville Pacific Composers' Competition)
Premiere: Queensland Symphony Orchestra cond. Vanco Cavdarski
Performances: Australia Youth Orchestra cond. Yakov Kreisberg 1994 BBC Proms
Recordings:
MSO cond. Jorge Mester ABC Classics CD;
TSO cond. Ola Rudner ABC Classics CD
AYO cond. Yakov Kreisberg AYO CD

The Mountain (1984) 9'
picc, fl, ob, ca, cl, bcl, 2 bon - 2 hn, 2 tpt - timp, 1 perc - pf/cel - strings
(Commissioned by the National Composers' Orchestral School 1984)
Performances: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony, Sydney Symphony cond. Okko Kamu, Tasmanian Symphony, West Australian Symphony, Queensland Symphony
Recording: Tasmanian SO cond. Ola Rudner ABC Classics CD

Battlements (1986) 12'
2 2(ca) 2+bcl 2+cbn - 4 3 3 1 - timp, 3perc - pf - strings
Albert H Maggs Award Commission
Premiere: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra cond. Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Sydney Myer Bowl Concert, Melbourne Feb 1986

Catch The Joy — Overture for Orchestra (1998) 7’
(Commissioned by Betsy Heath for the 10th Anniversary of the Ovations Youth Orchestra, Wheeling West Virginia, USA)

Federation Flourish — Overture for Orchestra (2001) 8’
3 2 3 2 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, 2 perc - strings
(Commissioned by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra)
Performances: Melbourne Symphony, Adelaide Symphony
Recording: MSO cond. Markus Stenz ABC Classics CD

Let There Be Light — for Orchestra (2018) 6’
Picc 2 3 3 2 - 4 2 3 0 - 2 perc, piano - strings
Written for the Percy Grainger Youth Orchestra, cond. Pat Miller

Concertos with Orchestra:
Tuba and Orchestra (1985) 18'
2(picc) 2(ca) 2(bcl) 2(cbn) - 4 2 2 1 - 3 perc - hp - strings
(Equal First, Hambacher Prize, Germany)
Premiere: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra cond. Michael Brimer; Frank Barzyk, tuba

Piano and Orchestra (1987) 17'
0 0 0 0 - 4 2 2 1 - timp, 3 perc - strings
(Commissioned by the 1987 Musica Nova Festival, Brisbane)
Premiere: Queensland Symphony Orchestra cond. Richard Mills; Larry Sitsky, piano
Performances by Linda Kouvaras, piano; Faculty of Music Symphony Orchestra cond. Gerald Gentry, Melba Hall

Made In Heaven
Trumpet (Flugel Horn) and Orchestra (2009) 25'
3 3 3 3 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, 4 perc - harp - strings
Commissioned by the MSO/University of Melbourne
Premiere: James Morrison, trumpet and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra cond. Keith Lockhart, Costa Hall, Geelong, September 4, 2009 and Hamer Hall, Melbourne, September 5 & 6 2009
Recording: ABC live broadcast

Symphonic Suite for Orchestra:
Made In Heaven
4 movements for Orchestra (rev. 2016) 22’
3 3 3 2 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, 4 perc - harp - strings
A re-working of the concerto written for James Morrison, but for orchestra only. All of the solo lines have been integrated into the orchestral textures.
Review - MusicWeb International by John France 2018
Let’s begin with Australian composer Brenton Broadstock’s superb Made in Heaven...for orchestra. This long four-movement work is a sheer delight to listen to. The composer writes that it is a ‘musical tribute to the iconic jazz recording Kind of Blue made [by Miles Davis] in 1959.’ Other players on that ground-breaking album included Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane and Bill Evans. Broadstock is keen to point out that Made in Heaven is not an arrangement, nor a transcription, and does not actually quote any material from the album. It is simply a starting point for an exciting fusion of jazz, rock and classical music. The composer defines it as a ‘symphonic metamorphosis.’ Broadstock’s work was composed in 2009 and had five movements, paralleling the five original tracks on the album. In 2013 the work was revised, with a movement deleted and the others reordered. The title reflects drummer Jimmy Cobb’s comment that Miles Davis album was ‘made in heaven. The four movements are ‘So What’, ‘Flamenco Sketches’, ‘Blue in Green’ and ‘All Blues’. Miles Davis aficionados will know that the missing movement was ‘Freddie Freeloader.’ There is no need to analyse Made in Heaven. It is just quite simply outstanding from end to end. I have listened to it at least three times as a part of my review: it has already become a ‘favourite.’ Although Brenton Broadstock states that it not meant to ‘recapture the jazzy coolness’ of the album, for me it is cool, laid back and thoroughly delicious.

Orchestral Arrangements:
Away In A Manger
- Christmas Carol
2 2 2 2 - 4 3 3 2 - timp, 2perc - strings (1993) 4’
Recording:
Australian Youth Orchestra cond. Graham Abbott
Christmas Under Capricorn (Tall Poppies CD TP016 1993)

Polovstian Dances by Alexander Borodin (arrangement from piano score)
small orchestra 1fl 1cl 1ob 1bsn, 1hn 1tpt 1 bass trom, 2 perc, piano, 2vn 1va 1vc 1db (2015) 10.5’
Melbourne Metropolitan Sinfonietta cond. Sascha Kelly
Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne
Sunday March 29, 7pm

Night on Bare Mountain by Modeste Mussorgsky (arrangement from piano score)
small orchestra 1fl 1cl 1ob 1bsn, 1hn 1tpt 1 bass trom, 2 perc, piano, 2vn 1va 1vc 1db (2015) 11’
Melbourne Metropolitan Sinfonietta cond. Patrick Burns
St Stephen’s, Church St, Richmond
Saturday October 31, 9pm

Small Orchestra:
In A Brilliant Blaze (1993) 8’
Commissioned by the Australian Youth Orchestra Camerata and performed on their tour of Japan conducted by Larry Rachleff

Dance in the Sunlight (2002) 5’
2 2 2 2 - 2 2 0 0 timp, 1 perc - strings
Premiere: Academy of Melbourne cond. Brett Kelly

String Orchestra:
Expedition (1985) 15'
Commissioned and performed by the Chamber Strings of Melbourne and performed on their tour of China in 1985, conducted by Christopher Martin

Timeless (2002) 10’
Commissioned and performed by the Pro Arte Orchestra cond. Jeff Crellin 2002
Recording: Tasmanian SO cond. Ola Rudner ABC Classics CD

Federation Square (Rooms of Wonders) (2003) 11’
Commissioned and performed by the Pro Arte Orchestra cond. Jeff Crellin 2003
Recording: Tasmanian SO cond. Ola Rudner ABC Classics CD
Performances: Pro Arte Orchestra, Tasmanian SO, Southern Cross Philharmonic

Yarra Yarra (2005) 10’
Commissioned and performed by the Pro Arte Orchestra cond. Jeff Crellin 2005
Performances: Pro Arte orchestra

Never Truly Lost (2014) 20’
Commissioned by Rob and Nancy Pallin with The Australian Chamber Orchestra. Performances ACO national tour 2014 (9 performances)
Recorded by the ACO and broadcast on ABCFM in 2014.
It was the ABCs entry to the 2014 International Rostrum of Composers and was selected as one of the ‘recommended works’ and broadcast on several international radio stations.

String Orchestra Arrangement:
Siegfried Idyll
by Richard Wagner (2013) c21’
(arranged from the original string quartet version)
Premiere: August 22, 2013 Southern Cross Philharmonic cond. Gerald Gentry
North Melbourne Arts House

Junior String Orchestra:
Unseen Shore (2007) 8'
(Commissioned by Richard Squibb and PLC String Orchestra)
An attractive work for young string players of low to medium skill

Emu, Wombat and Kangaroo (2010) 8' BUY $30 score & parts
An attractive work for young string players of low to medium skill