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30 May 2011

New music resource kit: Dance with Nature - the chamber music of Ross Edwards

New music resource kit: Dance with Nature - the chamber music of Ross Edwards

The AMC's new music resource kit, Dance with Nature - the chamber music of Ross Edwards by Philip Cooney, has been especially designed for secondary and tertiary level study. Activities have been prepared for seven short works by Edwards: Binyang (clarinet and percussion), Marimba Dances, More Marimba Dances, Ecstatic Dances (flute duet), Water Spirit Song (cello), Etymalong (piano) and Piano Trio.

The kit contains easy-to-use question and activity sections, musical examples, classroom arrangements of music, an interview with the composer, and is accompanied by a CD from the performance at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre - The Joan's education series was recently awarded at the Art Music Awards 2011.

Ross Edwards is one of Australia's best-known composers, both nationally and internationally. His music has found a welcome audience in Europe and the USA, as well as in Australian concert halls.

The author of the kit, Philip Cooney, is a teacher with thirty years experience. His study of the music of Ross Edwards, described by Professor Anne Boyd as 'a valuable contribution to Australian musical scholarship', has identified the major developments in the composer's music in the last fifteen years. Cooney's earlier kit on Ross Edwards's orchestral music is also available through the AMC.

While score samples relating to the activities are included in the kit's booklet, complete scores for each work can be purchased separately from the Australian Music Centre.

> Purchase Dance with nature - the chamber music of Ross Edwards now from the AMC Shop at $55. (AMC members get a %10 discount - find out more about membership.)

Further links

Ross Edwards - AMC profile

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The Australian Music Centre connects people around the world to Australian composers and sound artists. By facilitating the performance, awareness and appreciation of music by these creative artists, it aims to increase their profile and the sustainability of their art form. Established in 1974, the AMC is now the leading provider of information, resources, materials and products relating to Australian new music.


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