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Graeme Koehne (1956-    )

Graeme Koehne, composer For anyone who believes that the great tradition of classical music must re-connect with a sense of contemporary vitality, the music of Graeme Koehne attracts avid interest and attention. In his best works, Koehne achieves that elusive synthesis of sophisticated compositional technique, informed by a deep understanding of musical history, and a popular touch that invests his music with emotional eloquence, visceral appeal and aural pleasure. Through the advocacy of some of today's most exciting international musicians such as the conductors Vladimir Jurowski and Kristjan Jńrvi, Koehne's music is becoming a regular presence on the international stage. His compositions have long been among the most popular by any Australian composer, and find a regular presence in the established repertoire of Australian music. He is renowned particularly as a composer for orchestra - his orchestral works Rainforest, Unchained Melody, Powerhouse and Elevator Music have been widely performed by orchestras around the world, as have his concertos, Inflight Entertainment (for amplified oboe or soprano saxophone) and High Art (for trumpet) - and for ballet (with works performed by the Houston Ballet, The Australian Ballet, the Komische Oper Berlin and the Sydney Dance Company among many others). Koehne is Professor of Composition at the University of Adelaide, and was awarded a Doctorate of Music from the University in 2002. He was Chair of the Australia Council Music Board and a member of the Australia Council from 2002 to 2009. In recognition of his contribution to Australian music, Koehne was awarded the Australian Government's Centenary Medal in 2001 and the Sir Bernard Heinze Award from the University of Melbourne in 2004.

COMPOSITIONS                                                            Koehne Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre
Sonata, piano (1976)
Iridian Plateau, orchestra (1977)
Harmonies of Silver and Blue, piano (1977)
Cantilene, flute, oboe, string quartet and piano (1978)
Twilight Rain, piano (1979)
Rain Forest, orchestra (1981)
Toccata, orchestra (1981)
riverrun ..., orchestra (1982)
Limited Edition, ballet, chorus and ensemble (1982)
The Selfish Giant, ballet (1982)
    - Visions of Paradise, orchestra (1985) [suite from the ballet "The Selfish Giant", 1982]
String Quartet No. 1 Divertissement: Trois PiecÚs Bourgeoises" (1983)
Gothic Toccata, organ (1983)
Rain Forest, film score (1983)
Ricecare and burletta, violin, viola and cello (1984)
String Trio, violin, viola and cello (1984)
Palm Court Suite (Old Friends, New Friends), ballet, piano and string quartet (1984) [parts used in a number of film scores]
    - Blues (1984) [arr. for piano by Julie Simonds, 2008] [from ballet score "Palm Court Suite (Old Friends, New Friends)"]
    - Palm Court Suite (Old Friends New Friends), documentary film score (1987)
Miniature, flute, clarinet and string quartet (1985)
Dreamer of Dreams, chorus, orchestra and organ (1986)
Nearly Beloved, ballet (1986)
Capriccio, piano and string orchestra (1987; rev. 2006) [also arr. for 2 pianos]
Gallery, ballet (1987)
    - Nocturnes, orchestra (1987) [from the ballet "Gallery"]
Maxfield Parrish: Daybreak, orchestra (1987)
Fanfare, brass and percussion (1988)
Rhythmic Birds of the Antipodes, ballet (1988)
    - Voyage Within, Daraus, orchestra (1988) [from the ballet "Rhythmic Birds of the Antipodes, 1988]
Once Around the Sun, ballet (1988)
    - Once Around the Sun, suite from the ballet, orchestra (1989)
Aphorisms (9 pieces), piano (1989) [for young performers]
    - A Closed World of Fine Feelings [and Grand Design], guitar (or harp) (1989; arr. 1997) [arr. mvt from "Aphorisms", 1989]
To His Servant Bach, God Grants a Final Glimpse: The Morning Star, string orch; or orch (1989) [also arr. str qt; or organ; or harp]
His Master’s Ghost, orchestrations for TV movie score (1989)
Unchained Melody, orchestra (1990)
Giants of Time, documentary film score (1990)
Three Poems of Byron, soprano and string orchestra (or piano) (1991)
Nashville Tuning, guitar quartet (4 guitars) (1991) [also arr. for 2 pianos]
Love Burns, chamber opera (1992)
Powerhouse, orchestra (1993)
The Kid Stakes, film score for classic silent movie (1994)
    - Kid Stakes, orchestra (1994) [from the film score]
String Quartet No. 2, "Shaker Dances" (1995)
The Sentimental Bloke, film score for classic silent movie (1995)
Elevator Music, orchestra (1997)
Confident Employment, documentary video score (1997)
1914, full evening ballet, orchestra (1998)
Grandma’s Shoes, children’s opera (1998)
Heavens Burning, film score (1998)
Mass for the Middle-Aged, chorus (1999)
Fanfare for a New Millenium, orchestra (1999)
In-Flight Entertainment, oboe and orchestra (2000)
Way Out West, orchestra (2000)
Tivoli, ballet (2001)
    - Tivoli Dances, orchestra (2005) [suite from the ballet "Tivoli", 2001]
String Quartet No. 3, "True History of the Kelly Gang’" (2002)
Gojiro, 5 percussionists (2003)
High Art, trumpet and orchestra (2003)
Prelude and Aria, soprano and orchestra (2006)
Sleep of Reason, 2 cellos and orchestra (2008)
Disgrace, film score (2008)
Albany Harbour (The Voyage), brass ensemble (2009) [arr. for chorus, 2011]
Garden Scene, flute and piano (2009)
The Ringtone Cycle, soprano, violin, cello and piano (fp. 2010) [text: Peter Goldsworthy]
Clarinet Quintet, "Time is a River", clarinet and string quartet (2011)


WORKS BY GENRE                                                            Koehne Links     ~ top of page ~
Dramatic/Theater
Love Burns, chamber opera (1992)
Grandma’s Shoes, children’s opera (1998)

Ballet
Limited Edition, ballet, chorus and ensemble (1982)
The Selfish Giant, ballet (1982) [ballet suite: "Visions of Paradise", 1985]
Palm Court Suite (Old Friends, New Friends), ballet, piano and string quartet (1984) [parts used in a number of film scores]
    - Nocturne (Prelude)
    - Valse Noble...
    - Berceuse
    - Blues [arr. for piano by Julie Simonds, 2008] [from ballet score "Palm Court Suite (Old Friends, New Friends)"]
    - Elegy
    - ...et Sentimentale
Nearly Beloved, ballet (1986)
Gallery, ballet (1987) [orchestral excerpt: "Nocturnes"]
Rhythmic Birds of the Antipodes, ballet (1988) [orchestral excerpt: "Voyage Within, Daraus"]
Once Around the Sun, ballet (1988) [ballet suite: "Once Around the Sun", 1989]
1914, full evening ballet, orchestra (1998)
Tivoli, ballet (2001) [orchestral excerpt: "Tivoli Dances", 2005]

Orchestra
Iridian Plateau, orchestra (1977)
Toccata, orchestra (1981)
Rain Forest, orchestra (1981)
riverrun ..., orchestra (1982)
Visions of Paradise, orchestra (1985) [suite from the ballet "The Selfish Giant", 1982]
String Quartet No. 1, "Divertissement: Trois PiecÚs Bourgeoises" (1983) [also arr. for string orchestra]
Nocturnes, orchestra (1987) [from the ballet "Gallery"]
Maxfield Parrish: Daybreak, orchestra (1987)
Fanfare, brass and percussion (1988)
Voyage Within, Daraus, orchestra (1988) [from the ballet "Rhythmic Birds of the Antipodes, 1988]
Once Around the Sun, suite from the ballet, orchestra (1989)
To His Servant Bach, God Grants a Final Glimpse: The Morning Star, string orch; or orch (1989) [also arr. str qt; or organ; or harp]
Unchained Melody, orchestra (1990)
Powerhouse, orchestra (1993)
Kid Stakes, orchestra (1994) [from the film score]
Elevator Music, orchestra (1997)
Fanfare for a New Millenium, orchestra (1999)
Way Out West, orchestra (2000)
Tivoli Dances, orchestra (2005) [suite from the ballet "Tivoli", 2001]
    - Santa Ana Freeway
    - Forgotten Waltz
    - Salvation Hymn and Whistling Song
    - Vamp till Ready

Soloist(s) w/Orchestra
Capriccio, piano and string orchestra (1987; rev. 2006) [also arr. for 2 pianos]
In-Flight Entertainment, oboe and orchestra (2000)
High Art, trumpet and orchestra (2003)
Sleep of Reason, 2 cellos and orchestra (2008)

Chorus w/Orchestra
Dreamer of Dreams, chorus, orchestra and organ (1986)

Choral
Mass for the Middle-Aged, chorus (1999)
The Voyage, chorus (2011) [arr. from brass ensemble piece "Albany Harbour (The Voyage)", 2009]

Chamber
Cantilene, flute, oboe, string quartet and piano (1978)
String Quartet No. 1, "Divertissement: Trois PiecÚs Bourgeoises" (1983) [also arr. for string orchestra]
Ricecare and burletta, violin, viola and cello (1984)
String Trio, violin, viola and cello (1984)
Miniature, flute, clarinet and string quartet (1985)
Fanfare, brass and percussion (1988)
To His Servant Bach, God Grants a Final Glimpse: The Morning Star, string quartet (1989) [from work for string orchestra]
Nashville Tuning, guitar quartet (4 guitars) (1991) [also arr. for 2 pianos]
String Quartet No. 2, "Shaker Dances" (1995)
String Quartet No. 3, "True History of the Kelly Gang’" (2002)
Gojiro, 5 percussionists (2003)
Albany Harbour (The Voyage), brass ensemble (2009) [arr. for chorus, 2011]
Clarinet Quintet, "Time is a River", clarinet and string quartet (2011)

Instrument and Piano
Garden Scene, flute and piano (2009)

Solo Instrument
To His Servant Bach, God Grants a Final Glimpse: The Morning Star, harp (1989) [from work for string orchestra]
A Closed World of Fine Feelings [and Grand Design], guitar (or harp) (1989; arr. 1997) [arr. mvt from "Aphorisms", 1989]

Piano or Organ
Sonata, piano (1976)
Harmonies of Silver and Blue, piano (1977)
Twilight Rain, piano (1979)
Gothic Toccata, organ (1983)
Blues (1984) [arr. for piano by Julie Simonds, 2008] [from ballet score "Palm Court Suite (Old Friends, New Friends)"]
Aphorisms (9 pieces), piano (1989) [for young performers]
    - A Perfect Prelude to Whatever Next
    - Alien in Toorak Road
    - Puntilio Prestidigitatis
    - Jim Sees a Ray of Hope but Decides it was an Optical Illusion
    - Quiet Time for Humphrey in Hyde Park
    - Melinda, on Her Swing, Muses Momentarily
    - Marsupial Jig
    - A Closed World of Fine Feelings [this mvt also arr. for solo guitar or solo harp]
    - Lullaby for the Residents of Taronga Park Zoo
To His Servant Bach, God Grants a Final Glimpse: The Morning Star, organ (1989) [from work for string orchestra]
Nashville Tuning, guitar quartet, 2 pianos (1991) [arr. from work for 4 guitars]

Vocal
Three Poems of Byron, soprano and string orchestra (or piano) (1991)
    - Stanzas for music
    - To woman
    - She walks in beauty
Prelude and Aria, soprano and orchestra (2006)
The Ringtone Cycle, cabaret piece, soprano, violin, cello and piano (fp. 2010) [text: Peter Goldsworthy]

Film
Rain Forest, film score (1983)
Old Friends New Friends (Palm Court Suite), documentary film score (1987)
His Master’s Ghost, orchestrations for TV movie score (1989)
Giants of Time, documentary film score (1990)
The Kid Stakes, film score for classic silent movie (1994)
The Sentimental Bloke, film score for classic silent movie (1995)
Confident Employment, documentary video score (1997)
Heavens Burning, film score (1998)
Disgrace, film score (2008)


KOEHNE  LINKS                                                            Works by Genre      ~ top of page ~
CIMFinterview: The Composer - Graeme Koehne (CIMFinterview)
Composer Graeme Koehne Discusses His Music (Andrew Ford, The Music Show/ABC Radio National)
Graeme Koehne Wins 2004 Sir Bernard Heinze Award (State of the Arts)

Composer's website    . . .   contact Graeme Koehne:  here
Composer's Blog

Koehne @ Wikipedia
Koehne @ Australian Music Centre
Koehne @ The Blurb
Koehne @ Canberra International Musical Festival
Koehne @ CIMF
Koehne @ Classical Archives
Koehne @ Facebook
Koehne @ Fandango
Koehne @ IMDb (Internet Movie Database)
Koehne @ InstantEncore
Koehne @ Modern Classical
Koehne @ Move Records
Koehne @ Musica Viva Festival
Koehne @ MusicWeb International
Koehne @ Naxos
Koehne @ The New York Times
Koehne @ Operone.de
Koehne @ The OScholars
Koehne @ Reed Music
Koehne @ University of Adelaide

Publisher
Koehne @ Composer's website/publisher listings
Koehne @ Alfred Publishing Australia
Koehne @ Australian Music Centre
Koehne @ Boosey & Hawkes
Koehne @ Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd
Koehne @ Reed Music
Koehne @ G. Schirmer (Australia) c/- Music Sales Pty Ltd
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Streaming Audio
Koehne @ Australian Music Centre
Koehne @ Classical Archives
Koehne @ last.fm

Recordings
Koehne @ Composer's website
Koehne @ Amazon.com
Koehne @ ArkivMusic
Koehne @ CD Universe
Koehne @ ClassicsOnline
Koehne @ Discogs
Koehne @ Move Records
Koehne @ Records International

Video
Koehne @ YouTube
Koehne @ Google Video
Koehne @ Vimeo
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