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hidden thoughts

Hidden Thoughts III: Stories of Awe

*(2024)*

Narrator + Voices + Orchestra
Duration: 45 minutes

FEATURED WORK

Text: Katy Abbott with Maureen Johnson.

Please contribute a story for this work by completing this short questionnaire: bit.ly/stories-of-awe

Premiere August 9 + 10, 2024 Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

> See this page for more details

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Score will be published on this site in September 2024. Please contact me if you would like details.

Fanfare For The Melancholy

(2021)

Brass Ensemble
Duration: 4:30 minutes
This work was made possible through the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s 50 Fanfares Project and was commissioned by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, supported by Geoff Stearn.

Fanfare for the Melancholy is a ‘sister-work’ of Katy Abbott’s fanfare Punch (2013)

The title comes from the idea that a fanfare is sometimes heralding a call to action, or an invitation to listen or the arrival or celebration of someone or something meaningful to the audience.

In this case, it is an acknowledgment of ‘melancholy’ – definitely not as a ‘negative’ feeling but as an acknowledgement of yearning and bitter-sweet.

“Australian composer Katy Abbott, who was present in the audience, penned her piece “Fanfare for the Melancholy” as part of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s “50 Fanfares Project”. It was the highlight of the evening, in particular, a real showcase for the brass section. The players seemed to embrace the piece with more conviction, joy and commitment than anything else performed during the concert.”
Tony Magee, Canberra City News, June 18, 2022.

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Sydney Symphony Orchestra Brass Ensemble

Fast Ride In A Suave Machine

(2006/arr.2020, Steven Stanke)

Orchestra
Duration: 7 minutes

3.2.3.2.  4.3.3.1.  Timp + 2. 10.8.6.4.2.

With thanks to Steven Stanke for this Orchestral arrangement.

Fast Ride in a Suave Machine is a play on a well-known tune. Sometimes, when we re-visit rhymes that we knew as children, it is a curious revelation to understand the true and gruesome nature of the text.
Examples of this are Ring-a-Ring-a-Rosie which had its origins in the era of the Black Plague or Rock-a-bye-Baby, where the baby falls ‘cradle and all’.

This work was commissioned by Orchestras Australia as part of a composer attachment in 2005/06. It was supported with the assistance of the Australia Council Music Board in the Composer_Connecting_Community initiative.

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Stars That Split The Night

(2017/arr. 2023, Joseph Twist)

Mezzo-sop + Male Chorus + Orchestra
Duration: 8 minutes

Mezzo Soprano, TBB Chorus + Orchestra

Original version was commissioned by Westbourne Grammar School.

*This arrangement is arranged by Joseph Twist for Peninsula Chamber Singers.

For Score Licence enquiries, please get in touch via the contact form.

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Punch

(2013)

Brass Ensemble + Timpani
Duration: 2:20 minutes

FEATURED WORK

PROFILE IN FULL

Commissioned by Don Immel and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

Sister work for Fanfare for the Melancholy (2021)

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Purchase Punch: The Brass Music of Katy Abbott on CD

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Introduced Species: Symphony No. 2 

(2014)

Orchestra
Duration: 18 minutes

FEATURED WORK

PROFILE IN FULL

1.1.2.1+ sax.  1.1.1.0.  Hp. Timp + 2. 8.6.4.2.1.

Commissioned: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra together with Albert H. Maggs Award.

Premiere: March 5-7, 2014, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Dollman.

Process Diary & Analysis available from Katy Abbott by request.

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Cross Sections

(2014)

Brass Ensemble + Solo Trumpet + Trombone
Duration: 16 minutes
Commissioned by Don Immel for the University of Melbourne Brass Ensemble with the assistance of the Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grant.

Premiere: Sydney International Festival of Brass and MCM Brass Ensemble Tour to China in 2014.

This work is in three movements: Cross Section I, II and III.  It is suitable for tertiary brass ensemble with advanced players on the solo trumpet and trombone lines. The commission was to feature Assoc Prof Joel Brennan (trumpet) with Prof Don Immel (trombone) as soloists whilst giving both students and teachers that chance to musically interact, to create stronger human and musical connections through the score.

‘Cross Section II’ uses the composer’s Nespresso Coffee Machine daily habit as a launching point for the textural drone in the haunting second movement.

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Appears on Punch: The Brass Music of Katy Abbott.

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Listen to Cross Sections II on Spotify.

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The Peasant Prince: A Symphonic Tale

(2009)

Narrator + Orchestra
Duration: 30 minutes

FEATURED WORK

PROFILE IN FULL

1.1.1.1.  2.1.1.1.  Hp. Narr.  Timp + 2. 8.6.4.2.1.

Commissioned by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Australia

Recording: ABC Classics featuring Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

The Peasant Prince

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Teacher Resource Book for Primary Classroom (Digital and Hardcopy available)

Souls of Fire: Symphony No. 1

(2004)

Orchestra
Duration: 25 minutes

2222 – 4221 – Timp + 2 – Hp – Strings 

Souls of fire

Recorded: MasterWorks of the New Era Vol 12: Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra/Winston

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Carmen Vitae: Orchestral Fanfare

(2000)

Orchestra
Duration: 4 minutes

2.1.2.0 (+ opt saxophone section). 4.3.3.1. Hp. Timp + 3.  10.8.6.4.2. 

Carmen Vitae: Orchestral Fanfare was commissioned by Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Melbourne for the school’s 125th Anniversary celebration concert at Hamer Hall in 2000.

It has since been performed by Sydney Symphony Orchestra together with the SYO, and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra together with the AdYO, amongst other performances.

A version for Wind Symphony will be available later in 2024. Please contact if interested.

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Fast Ride In A Suave Machine

(2006/arr.2021, Nicholas Enrico Williams)

Wind Symphony
Duration: 7 minutes

With deep thanks to Nicholas Enrico Williams for this 2021 arrangement for Wind Symphony of Fast Ride In A Suave Machine. This arrangement was premiered in April 9, 2022 at the Melbourne Recital Centre by the University of Melbourne Wind Symphony.

Fast Ride in a Suave Machine is a play on a well-known tune. Sometimes, when we re-visit rhymes that we knew as children, it is a curious revelation to understand the true and gruesome nature of the text.
Examples of this are Ring-a-Ring-a-Rosie which had its origins in the era of the Black Plague or Rock-a-bye-Baby, where the baby falls ‘cradle and all’.

This work was commissioned by Orchestras Australia as part of a composer attachment in 2005/06. It was supported with the assistance of the Australia Council Music Board in the Composer_Connecting_Community initiative.

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Wind Symphony arrangement of Fast Ride in a Suave Machine – The University of Melbourne Wind Symphony/Williams. Live Performance, Melbourne Recital Centre: April 2022

Jumeirah Jane

(2008)

Wind Symphony
Duration: 3 minutes

The term ‘Jumeirah Jane’ is a colloquial Dubai description of an expatriate woman who has accompanied her husband to Dubai and lives the high life in the lovely beach suburb of Jumeirah (pronounced Joo-mear-ah as in ‘hear’). A Jumeirah Jane spends her days at the gym, the café and ferrying her children to soccer and ballet lessons in between mani/pedicures and organising her staff.

Further research on chat-sites, blogs and information boards (which can be quite heated and opinionated – just google ‘Jumeirah Jane’) suggests that a Jumeirah Jane lives in Dubai with no understanding of her cultural environment nor inclination to learn. At the most extreme (negative) end of the continuum, a Jumeirah Jane thinks herself above those around her.

This piece is a response to my initial observations of such women and a cheeky play at the imagined attitudes they have towards others in Dubai, strutting their stuff around the footpath with a superiority complex over people from other cultures who come here to work to support their families at home.

It is perhaps also written in response to my niggling fear that I may be thought of as Jumeirah Jane myself – because really, pedicures are lovely, I love my coffee and I ferry my children to and from school!  Perhaps I will have to learn how to spend more on designer clothes and stop work to strut my stuff at the beach and shopping malls!

This piece is dedicated to my God-daughter Isobel – quite sure of the fact that (although beautiful) she will one day not become a Jumeirah Jane of Sydney!

Katy Abbott. 2008

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Reed Music

 
Listen on Soundcloud
University of Melbourne Wind Symphony/Williams.

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Fanfare For The Melancholy

(2021)

Brass Ensemble
Duration: 4:30 minutes
This work was made possible through the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s 50 Fanfares Project and was commissioned by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, supported by Geoff Stearn.

Fanfare for the Melancholy is a ‘sister-work’ of Katy Abbott’s fanfare Punch (2013)

The title comes from the idea that a fanfare is sometimes heralding a call to action, or an invitation to listen or the arrival or celebration of someone or something meaningful to the audience.

In this case, it is an acknowledgment of ‘melancholy’ – definitely not as a ‘negative’ feeling but as an acknowledgement of yearning and bitter-sweet.

“Australian composer Katy Abbott, who was present in the audience, penned her piece “Fanfare for the Melancholy” as part of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s “50 Fanfares Project”. It was the highlight of the evening, in particular, a real showcase for the brass section. The players seemed to embrace the piece with more conviction, joy and commitment than anything else performed during the concert.”
Tony Magee, Canberra City News, June 18, 2022.

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The Australian Music Centre


Sydney Symphony Orchestra Brass Ensemble

Cross Sections

(2014)

Brass Ensemble + Solo Trumpet + Trombone
Duration: 16 minutes
Commissioned by Don Immel for the University of Melbourne Brass Ensemble with the assistance of the Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grant.

Premiere: Sydney International Festival of Brass and MCM Brass Ensemble Tour to China in 2014.

This work is in three movements: Cross Section I, II and III.  It is suitable for tertiary brass ensemble with advanced players on the solo trumpet and trombone lines. The commission was to feature Assoc Prof Joel Brennan (trumpet) with Prof Don Immel (trombone) as soloists whilst giving both students and teachers that chance to musically interact, to create stronger human and musical connections through the score.

‘Cross Section II’ uses the composer’s Nespresso Coffee Machine daily habit as a launching point for the textural drone in the haunting second movement.

album-cover-punch

Appears on Punch: The Brass Music of Katy Abbott.

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The Australian Music Centre


Listen to Cross Sections II on Spotify.

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Punch

(2013)

Brass Ensemble + Timpani
Duration: 2:20 minutes

FEATURED WORK

PROFILE IN FULL

Commissioned by Don Immel and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

Sister work for Fanfare for the Melancholy (2021)

album-cover-punch

Purchase Punch: The Brass Music of Katy Abbott on CD

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hidden thoughts

Hidden Thoughts III: Stories of Awe

*(2024)*

Narrator + Voices + Orchestra
Duration: 45 minutes

FEATURED WORK

Text: Katy Abbott with Maureen Johnson.

Please contribute a story for this work by completing this short questionnaire: bit.ly/stories-of-awe

Premiere August 9 + 10, 2024 Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

> See this page for more details

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Score will be published on this site in September 2024. Please contact me if you would like details.

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Hidden Thoughts II: Return to Sender

(2020)

Mezzo-sop + Narrator + String Quartet
Duration: 60 minutes

FEATURED WORK

PROFILE IN FULL

Text: Katy Abbott with Maureen Johnson.

From the unopened, returned letters of encouragement from Australians to asylum seekers on Nauru Island.

Composed with support of a Australia Council for the Arts Fellowship (Music).

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‘Woolongong’ from Hidden Thoughts II: Return To Sender

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Hidden Thoughts I: Do I Matter?

(2017)

Vocal Sextet + Mixed Sextet
Duration: 60 minutes

FEATURED WORK

PROFILE IN FULL

SSATBB Voices + Mixed Sextet (Flute, Clarinet in Bb, Piano, Percussion, Violin, Cello)

Anonymous answers from a survey created by Katy Abbott and writer and cartoonist Kaz Cooke asking women for their ‘hidden thoughts’.

Commissioned with the assistance of Australia Council for the Arts (Arts Projects for Individuals).

This work was the winner of the 2019 Paul Lowin Prize (song-cycle category).

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Interview and (almost full) recording on ABC FM New Waves Podcast

Milushka: A Chamber Opera in One Act

(2000)

Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano and Baritone (cast). Mixed Quintet: Clarinet in Bb, Bassoon, Percussion, Violin, Cello.
Duration: 40 minutes

Soprano
Mezzo Soprano
Baritone
Clarinet in Bb
Bassoon
Percussion
Violin
Cello

Libretto: Megan McLean + Katy Abbott

Winner of the University of Melbourne Opera Composition Award 2000.

Subsequent performances at Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, Chamber Made Opera, Macedon Music and ABC FM Young Australia Program.

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hidden thoughts

Hidden Thoughts III: Stories of Awe

*(2024)*

Narrator + Voices + Orchestra
Duration: 45 minutes

FEATURED WORK

Text: Katy Abbott with Maureen Johnson.

Please contribute a story for this work by completing this short questionnaire: bit.ly/stories-of-awe

Premiere August 9 + 10, 2024 Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

> See this page for more details

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Score will be published on this site in September 2024. Please contact me if you would like details.

hidden-thoughts-2

Hidden Thoughts II: Return to Sender

(2020)

Mezzo-sop + Narrator + String Quartet
Duration: 60 minutes

FEATURED WORK

PROFILE IN FULL

Text: Katy Abbott with Maureen Johnson.

From the unopened, returned letters of encouragement from Australians to asylum seekers on Nauru Island.

Composed with support of a Australia Council for the Arts Fellowship (Music).

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The Australian Music Centre


‘Woolongong’ from Hidden Thoughts II: Return To Sender

the-peasant-prince

The Peasant Prince: A Symphonic Tale

(2009)

Narrator + Orchestra
Duration: 30 minutes

FEATURED WORK

PROFILE IN FULL

1.1.1.1.  2.1.1.1.  Hp. Narr.  Timp + 2. 8.6.4.2.1.

Commissioned by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Australia

Recording: ABC Classics featuring Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

The Peasant Prince

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The Australian Music Centre

Teacher Resource Book for Primary Classroom (Digital and Hardcopy available)

Crime Scene Investigation

(2004)

Narrator + SSA Choir + String Orchestra
Duration: 8 minutes

Text: Bec Christensen + Katy Abbott

Commissioned: MLC School, Sydney.

Premiere: 5 May 2005, Sydney Opera House.

Appears on Famous: The Choral Music of Katy Abbott (ABC Classics).

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Feature article on Australian Music Centre’s Resonate Magazine