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CNP Australian Composers

World Youth Day Sydney

In honor of World Youth Day in Sydney (July 15-20, 2008), we'd like to acquaint you with the Australian composers in the CNP catalog:

Colin Brumby

Colin Brumby Colin Brumby not only enjoys a reputation as one of Australia's leading composers with international standing, but is also one of the country's most consistently-played composers. His large output finds immediate acceptance by both performer and audience alike.

Born in Melbourne in 1933, he graduated from the Melbourne University Conservatorium of Music in 1957, and studied advanced musical composition in Spain and London. He returned to Australia to take up an appointment to the staff of the University of Queensland, becoming the youngest Senior Lecturer appointed up to that time. As Musical Director of the newly-formed Queensland Opera Company from 1968 to 1971, he helped lay the foundations of permanent opera in Queensland, and conducted the Australian premieres of such works as Haydn's L'infedeltà delusa and Bizet's Dr. Mirâcle. In 1972 he took study leave for further advanced music composition in Rome, having received his Doctorate of Music the previous year from the University of Melbourne. He was awarded one of the first Advance Australian Awards in 1981 for his services to music. He retired in 1998 from a position as Associate Professor in the School of Music at the University of Queensland.

Many of Dr. Brumby's works are commissioned by a performer or organization and often for a specific occasion, such as the cantata Charlie Bubbles' Book of Hours for an Australian UNESCO Seminar on Music Education, and This is the Vine for the 40th International Eucharistic Congress. Two more recent works were his Paean for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's 50th Anniversary Celebrations televised nationally from the Sydney Town Hall, and his South Bank Overture for the Opening of the Queensland Cultural Centre. His ballet score Alice, comissioned by Queensland Ballet, was warmly received during its premiere season in 1989, as was his cantata The Ballad of Sydney Hospital, commemorating the Bicentenary of the Sydney Hospital the previous year.

Such a variety of commissions may explain the considerable diversity of his works, which represent nearly every form in the musical repertoire. His larger works include operas (several designed for young audiences), concerti for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, piano, violin, viola, and guitar, 2 symphonies, several orchestral suites and overtures, chamber music, such as his highly-successful wind quintet The Seven Ages of Man, a string quartet, piano quartet, bassoon quintet, and sonatas for flute, clarinet, and bassoon. In addition he has composed numerous choral works, with orchestra, piano, organ, or no accompaniment, film scores and incidental music for dramatic presentations, songs, and large quantities of music for smaller forces of almost every kind.

Many of his works have been recorded on the Jade label, as well as by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2MBS, and Signum in Germany.

His publications also appear in the catalogues of Augsburg/Fortress Press, Australian Music Centre, Cambridge University Press, Walton Music Corporation, and others. CanticaNOVA Publications is most pleased to offer these works of Dr. Colin Brumby in current and future catalogues:

  • Aquinas: Two Eucharistic Texts [O salutaris hostia; Tantum ergo] for solo or unison choir and organ
  • Five Chorale Preludes (for organ) CNP Catalog #6025
  • From All That Dwell (Isaac Watts) for two-part choir with keyboard CNP Catalog #5037
  • Fruitless Fig, The (text by C.B.) for SATB choir and organ
  • Give Judgment for Me, O Lord (Psalm 26) for SATB choir and organ
  • How Lovely Are Thy Dwellings Fair! (John Milton) for SATB choir and organ CNP Catalog #5060
  • In Praise of the Virgin (13th century British text) for SATB choir a cappella CNP Catalog #5123
  • Iustorum animæ (Scripture) SATB a cappella CNP Catalog #5130
  • Nine Tenebræ Responsories, Volume 1 (Divine Office) for 2-part choir and organ CNP Catalog #5201
  • Nine Tenebræ Responsories, Volume 2 (Divine Office) for 2-part choir and organ CNP Catalog #5202
  • Nine Tenebræ Responsories, Volume 3 (Divine Office) for 2-part choir and organ CNP Catalog #5203
  • O My People (the Reproaches) for 2-part choir and organ CNP Catalog #5140
  • Prisquam gallus cantet (Matthew 26:75) SATB a cappella
  • Stabat mater dolorosa (Traditional sequence) for SATB choir and organ (or strings) CNP Catalog #5137
  • Ten New Carols for Advent and Christmas, Volume 2 CNP Catalog #4020
  • Teach Me, O Lord (Psalm 119:33-40) for SATB choir and organ CNP Catalog #5170
  • Three Sacred Rounds (4-part) CNP Catalog #5133
  • Two Easter Anthems (text C.B.) for SATB choir and organ CNP Catalog #5132
  • Unto Us A Boy Is Born (traditional text) for SATB choir and keyboard CNP Catalog #5135


Bernard Kirkpatrick

Bernard Kirkpatrick Bernard Kirkpatrick is a well known Sydney organist and choral director, with 30 years experience in liturgical music. He received his early training in Tasmania from the Sisters of Mercy, and subsequently the Marist Fathers. In 1984 he began organ studies with Sydney City Organist, Robert Ampt, and later studied organ improvisation with M. Naji Hakim (then Organist Titulaire de Basilique Sacre Coeur) in Paris. While studying for the Bachelor of Music degree at The Univeristy of Sydney, he was University Organ Scholar and Director of Chapel Music at Saint John's College.

Mr. Kirkpatrick has held the post of Organist/Choirmaster at Saint Patrick's Church Hill, and from 1988-1999 was the Assistant Organist at Saint Mary's Cathedral, Sydney, where he also established the Saint Mary Singers, and directed the Cathedral Choir on occasion. Since 1996 he has been Director of Music at Saint Francis of Assisi Parish, Paddington (Sydney), where he is responsible for the parish music program consisting of a large SATB choir, cantors and musicians.

His interest in liturgical music includes developing ways of incorporating traditional sacred music styles (e.g. chant and choral polyphony) with the contemporary needs of liturgical practice through a synthesis of form, musical language and instrumentation.

Mr. Kirkpatrick has composed numerous liturgical works and led workshops for the Royal School of Church Music (Australia) and the Australian Catholic University.

He is a member of the Music Advisory Committee of the Archdiocese of Sydney and in 2004 he was appointed a Music Advisor to the National Liturgical Commission of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference.

CanticaNOVA Publications is pleased to offer several of Bernard Kirkpatrick's works in our catalog:

The website of Saint Francis of Assisi Parish (Paddington) may be found at: Music Program

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