Editions published by the former Centre for the Study of Australian Music are exclusively available for purchase through Lyrebird Press.
Publications include music, books and sound recordings, as well as back issues of CSAM Review (free download below) and earlier volumes of AMR (1-8).
Lyrebird Press distributes editions of Australian music published by the former Centre for Studies in Australian Music.
Stella, opera by G.W.L. Marshall-Hall
(Historic Australian Operas No. 1)
Set to a libretto with local references, Stella (opera in 1 act: 1910) is a landmark Australian opera by Melbourne’s leading musical personality of the period, G.W.L. Marshall-Hall (1862-1915).
Tracing the downfall of a young nurse at the hand of “respectable” society, the plot is a thinly disguised re-working of Marshall-Hall’s own experiences in Melbourne. At times deeply moving, the opera bears the influence of Wagner and Puccini, composers whose operas Marshall-Hall deeply admired.
Full score: Spiral bound, xviii, 393 p. Out of print
Vocal score: Spiral bound, xvi, 185 p. Out of print
Giovanni, opera by Alfred Hill
(Historic Australian Operas No. 2)
Edited by Haydn Reeder, Kerry Murphy and Jennifer Hill, this opera of Alfred Hill’s was part of the first and only season of the Australian Opera League.
In 1914 Fritz Hart and Alfred Hill set up an Australian Opera League with a view to encouraging both the composition and performance of Australian operas by Australians by means of national and private subsidy. The first and only season included a performance of Hart’s Pierrette and Hill’s Giovanni (in three acts). With a romantic plot, set in Italy, the language and structure of Giovanni is highly traditional and received generally favourable reception at its premiere, helped, no doubt, by a cast that included one of Sydney’s favourite sopranos, Florence Young.
Full score: Spiral bound, xii, 371 p.
Vocal score: Spiral bound xxi, 98 p.
Parts available for hire (poa)
Riders to the Sea, opera by Fritz Hart
(Historic Australian Operas No. 3)
Melbourne composer, teacher and conductor Fritz Bennicke Hart’s (1874-1949) fourth opera, Riders to the Sea (1915), reflects his developing interest in the literature of the Celtic revival.
A setting of J.M. Synge’s play of the same name—Vaughan Williams was to set it a dozen years later—it depicts life and loss in a family living in pre-industrial simplicity on an island off the coast of Ireland. Written with modal-influenced harmonies, though bearing the influence of Wagner, this is an accomplished and powerful one-act opera. Edited by Haydn Reeder, Kerry Murphy and Jennifer Hill.
Full score: Spiral bound, xviii, 369 p.
Vocal score: Spiral bound, xvii, 105 p.
Parts available for hire (poa)
The Quickening, opera by Johanna Selleck
Libretto by Sue Tweg
Melbourne composer, musicologist and flautist, Johanna Selleck’s first opera, The Quickening (with libretto by Sue Tweg), received its premiere at the Port Fairy Festival in October 1998.
Based on Dymphna Cusack’s play Shallow Cups , the setting is a family vigil for a young woman who has recently died, with her husband, friend, sister and father-in-law in attendance. A “Light Bearer”, or cosmic presence, offers to reanimate her by lighting a candle. She will stay alive only if one of them truly wants her to live.
Full score: spiral bound, xxviii, 215 p. | $30.00 AUD
Joy, opera by Lindsay Brunsdon
Libretto by Meredith Martin and the composer
To a libretto by Meredith Martin and the composer, Joy was first performed in 1998 at the Faculty of Music, University of Melbourne in 1998 and was the inaugural winner of the University of Melbourne/Victorian College of the Arts Opera Composition Competition.
Set in Melbourne in 1947, and based on Janine Burke’s biography (1983) of painter Joy Hester, the opera is the story of the breakdown of her marriage to fellow-artist Albert Tucker, her diagnosis of Hodgkin’s disease and departure for Sydney to live with her new lover.
Full score: spiral bound: 305 p. | $30.00 AUD
Songs by Dorian Le Gallienne
(Historic Australian Art Song No. 1)
A critical edition of eight previously unpublished songs with piano accompaniment by Melbourne composer, teacher and critic Dorian Le Gallienne (1915-1963) and the first volume in the Historic Australian art song series.
- Fear no more the heat of the sun (1943)
- No longer mourn for me (1946)
- How oft, when thou, my music (1946)
Songs on Australian texts
- Moonlight (text by Hugh McCrae) (1948)
- The cactus of the moon (text by Nancy Keesing) (1956)
Three songs (1957)
- The Ghost (text by Omi Okura, trans. C.A. Walsh)
- Winter (text by J.C. Hobson)
- Cranes (text by T.W. Earp)
Format: Spiral bound, xii, 29 p. | Out of print
Herrick Songs: Settings of Poems by Robert Herrick by Fritz Hart
(Historic Australian Art Song No. 2)
A critical edition of 49 songs with piano accompaniment by Melbourne composer, teacher and conductor Fritz Bennicke Hart (1874-1949). The Irish poet, AE (George Russell) was the first figure of the Celtic literary renaissance to command Hart’s attention. He set the poems in less than seven weeks in 1918 as seven sets of seven songs (opp. 28-33), a creative feat, certainly, but not an unusual one for this highly prolific composer.
- Fourteen songs, op.10
- Twenty-one songs, op.23
- Twenty-five songs in five sets of five songs, opp.50-54
- Thirty-six songs in nine books opp.82-90
- Five songs op.148
- Five songs op.149
- Five songs op.150
- Five songs op.166
- Five songs op.167
Format: Spiral bound, vii, 155 p. | $40.00 AUD
AE Songs: Settings of Poems by AE (George William Russell) by Fritz Hart
(Historic Australian Art Song No. 3)
A critical edition of 49 songs with piano accompaniment by Melbourne composer, teacher and conductor Fritz Bennicke Hart (1874-1949) edited by Anne-Marie Forbes and Bronwen Arthur. The Irish poet, AE (George Russell) was the first figure of the Celtic literary renaissance to command Hart’s attention. He set the poems in less than seven weeks in 1918 as seven sets of seven songs (opp. 28-33), a creative feat, certainly, but not an unusual one for this highly prolific composer.
Format: Spiral bound, vii, 155 p. | $40.00 AUD
Lyrebird Press distributes books on Australian music published by the former Centre for Studies in Australasian Music.
Aflame with Music: 100 Years of Music at The University of Melbourne
(50 essays from the 1995 Centennial Conference at the Faculty of Music)
Edited by Brenton Broadstock, Naomi Cumming, Denise Grocke, Catherine Falk, Ros McMillan, Kerry Murphy, Suzanne Robinson and John Stinson.
A collection of fifty essays from a conference held to celebrate the centenary of the Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne. There are sections on Australian music; Opera; Music therapy; Ethnomusicology; Music theory and analysis; Renaissance music; Music education; and Music and gender with the sections prefaced by articles arising from keynote addresses from leading scholars: Hugh Macdonald. Ralph Spingte, Marina Roseman, Peter Sculthorpe, Carl Schachter, Nancy B. Reich and Christopher Small.
ISBN 0-9598831-9-3 | Paperback, perfect bound: x, 580 p. | $30.00 AUD
The Conservatorium of Music University of Melbourne: An Historical Essay to Mark its Centenary 1895-1995
The oldest music school in Australia, the Conservatorium at the University of Melbourne has had a highly colourful history. From the dismissal of its first professor, the controversial G.W.L. Marshall-Hall, to its dominance of the nation’s orchestral life under the influential Sir Bernard Heinze, it has always been a focus of attention. In this book, Peter Tregear salutes 1995, the Conservatorium’s centennial year, in a fascinating essay illustrated with numerous historic photographs and the recollections of many former students and staff. From the events surrounding its foundation as a music school unique in the British Empire in setting practical studies in a university, Tregear focuses on the school’s leading personalities and charts its development to a modern music faculty.
ISBN 0 959 8831 77 | Paperback, perfect bound: xv, 176 p., plates, index | $25.00 AUD
Print copies for sale at the Grainger Museum, University of Melbourne; or
Lyrebird Press is the distributor for The Soundabout Australia series of compact discs. The set comprises thirteen compact discs arranged in seven volumes, each with explanatory booklets written by experts. The recordings are all reissued from historic original recordings, where possible remastered to provide the best available quality. The booklets, with numerous illustrations, contain extended historical essays and bibliographic resources.
- Australian Pop and Rock 1958-1987 (2 CDs | $25.00 AUD)
Thirty years of Australia's pop and rock, with tracks selected by Glenn A. Baker and booklet by Aaron D.S. Corn.
- Classical Music of Colonial Australia (2 CDs | $25.00 AUD)
Compiled and with a booklet by Ann Carr-Boyd, this recording covers music from the concert hall to the parlour, including early colonial quadrilles, overtures and vocal work.
- Country Music in Australia (2 CDs | $25.00 AUD)
Australia's Country Music heritage from the classic era of Tex Morton, compiled and with booklet by Eric Watson.
- History of Jazz in Australia (2 CDs | $25.00 AUD)
Compiled and with booklet by Ron Wills, this compilation provides a comprehensive overview of the development of the genre in Australia.
- Nature Sounds of Australia (1 CD | $20.00 AUD)
Edited by Dr David Rentz, 90 tracks of sounds made by Australia's native animals with 116-page booklet including 83 colour photographs.
- The Great Bands of Australia (2 CDs | $25.00 AUD)
Historic brass bands from 1912 to 1976, compiled and with booklet by Jack Greaves, who has been involved with the band movement since 1936.
- Transplanted Musical Traditions in Australia (2 CDs | $25.00 AUD)
Traditional musical traditions which have been transplanted to Australia, compiled and with booklet by Peter Parkhill.
The following back issues are available for download as PDF files:
Number 23 - November 2008
(Final Issue) [PDF 1.2 MB]
Number 22 - October 2007
[PDF 790 KB]
Number 20 - October 2005
[PDF 709 KB]
Number 19 - September 2004
[PDF 144 KB]
Number 16 - December 2002
[PDF 238 KB]
Number 15 - June 2002
[PDF 143 KB]
Number 14 - December 2001
[PDF 217 KB]