Melba Hall Concert Series

This semester, the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music will premiere a series of free recorded concerts, uploaded for you to view on demand.


On 6 August 2020, Japan and the world at large will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. Stuart Greenbaum, Head of Composition at the Conservatorium, spent a month in Japan in 2019 in residence at the Akiyoshidai International Art Village – also visiting the Hiroshima Peace Park Memorial, the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove outside of Kyoto and the Akiyoshido Caves; all of which influenced the writing of these 3 new sonatas written in and about Japan for Conservatorium performance colleagues.


Sonata for Bassoon and Piano – Deep Time (2019)
I. The Abyss of Time
II. Deep Time
III. Ghosts of the Anthropocene

Sonata for Harp – The Bamboo Forest (2020)*

Sonata for Horn and Piano – Hiroshima (2019)*
I. Genbaku Dome
II. The Path (Motoyasu bridge)
III. One Thousand Origami Cranes (Children’s Peace Monument)
IV. The Path (Pond of Peace)
V. Memorial Cenotaph

* world premiere


Sonata for Bassoon and Piano (2019)
Lyndon Watts, bassoon; Leigh Harrold, piano

Sonata for Harp (2020)
Melina Van Leeuwen, harp

Sonata for Horn and Piano (2019)
Carla Blackwood, horn; Stefan Cassomenos, piano

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