Pollini plays Chopin

February 2012 One of Thomas’ Music best-selling CD sets of recent weeks has been the Deutsche Grammophon box containing all of the magisterial pianist Maurizio Pollini’s recordings of Chopin for them. This recent release from Testament completes the picture: this…

Hector Parra: Hypermusic Prologue

June 2011 Science-fiction that centres on cutting-edge developments in physics is referred to as ‘hard’; contemporary music of the most modernist stance is also referred to as ‘hard’. Spaniard Hector Parra’s extraordinary opera Hypermusic Prologue with a libretto written by…

Ignacio Cervantes by Donna Coleman

September 2010 Donna Coleman is an Australian pianist and scholar of American origin who has, as the liner notes to this new CD describe, been engaged for years on a quest to understand how the late-nineteenth century “produced the extraordinary…

Benjamin Grosvenor—début

November 2011 Benjamin Grosvenor is unquestionably one of the rising stars of the piano circuit. Still in his teens, he was the youngest ever performer to appear at the First Night of the London Proms. Consequently there has been keen…

The Notation Game

A change in my notation occurred in about 1995. Previously I had adopted a semiotically information-rich notation that I thought conveyed a considerable amount of useful information to the perceiver. However, a couple of decades of explanations and performances seemed…

Carl Rosman plays ruins within

Someone recently described Carl Rosman, precisely, as ‘the Compleat Musician’. Clarinetist extraordinaire, conductor, educator, I’ve known Carl for 25 years now, and not only is he is one of my favourite people, but also at the top of the list…

String Quartet (1985/2019)

Those who have visited this site before will have noticed that a new page has appeared dedicated to the nearly-completed study score of my 1985/2019 String Quartet. The version of the score that we have posted is, at this stage,…

Isolation schedule

I am pleased to be able to announce that the Australia Council graciously funded my ‘isolation schedule’ program of new works—These projects will have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding…