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major works / premieres:

Variations for Orchestra (premiere 2002)
Ammerseelieder (premiere 2005)
Threnos for horn and wind orchestra (premiere 2007)
Euphonium Concerto (premiere 2008)
Resonance for unaccompanied 'cello (premiere 2009)
Eat Pianist septet: piano, strings, winds (for ballet)
Prometheus and Pandora septet: piano, strings, winds (for ballet)
Landscape Visions
Passacaglia and Gigues
double-bass and chamber orchestra
Legends of the Old Castle harp and wind orchestra (premiere 2014)
Violin Concerto (premiere 2015)

current projects
Shoalhaven-Lieder for high voice and orchestra
Triptych saxophone and orchestra

full list of compositions

residencies:
Bundanon
The Brahmshaus, Baden-Baden


Lee Bracegirdle
:
Composer;
Musical Director: Australian Chamber Ballet;
retired Associate Principal Horn: Sydney Symphony Orchestra;
horn tutor at St Andrew's Cathedral School and The King's School;
guest conductor: Orquesta Sinfónica de Oriente, Santiago de Cuba
First Prize recipient: Zoltan Kodaly International Composers' Competition 1998

Lee Bracegirdle earned his Bachelor and Master degrees in french horn at the Juilliard School,
studied conducting at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria with Michael Gielen,
and was awarded an Honorary Diploma by the Kodaly Academy and Institute in Chicago.
He has held positions as principal horn in orchestras in Germany, America and Australia,
and has had an extensive career as an instrumentalist, composer, conductor and arranger.
As a composer he is represented by The Australian Music Centre
His Variations for Orchestra, Ammerseelieder, Threnos,
Euphonium Concerto, and Legends of the Old Castle are published by C.F. Peters.




Variations for Orchestra (2000)
received its world premiere in 2002 by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by
Richard Gill in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House. Live recordings of this performance
are available through The Australian Music Centre

Richard Gill


Radio station 2-MBS FM published an article/interview with Lee
in their March, 2002 issue of "Fine Music" magazine.
Read Blow me down, it's a serialist! on the
reviews / press reports page.

In their reviews of the world premiere, Sydney's newspapers acclaimed:
"Bracegirdle's Variations exhibit ingenious, multi-coloured scoring,
with never a dull moment. This is clever stuff!"


Sydney's North Shore Times, in its end-of-year concert summary
described Variations as "Best Australian work"
of 2002

Orchestras can hire score and parts from the publisher C.F. Peters


Ammerseelieder
Ammersee (Lake Ammer) with Kloster
Andechs and the Zugspitze

Ammerseelieder (Songs of Lake Ammer) (2005)
were premiered by the S.S.O. in 2005 as part of their
bi-annual "Festival of Contemporary Music". Commissioned by Symphony Services International, this
work is a cycle of 5 songs for low voice and orchestra based on Bracegirdle's own original texts.
The texts were inspired by scenes and experiences near Lake Ammer in Bavaria.
The world premiere was directed by Dutch conductor
Reinbert de Leeuw,
and the soloist was the French-Australian baritone Didier Frederic.

click here for reviews of the world premiere performance

click here to order a piano/vocal score from Sheet Music Plus

click here to order directly from the publisher C.F. Peters
Reinbert de Leeuw Didier Frederic



Threnos (2007) for Solo-Horn, Winds and Percussion
was premiered and recorded in 2007 by William Purvis, horn soloist, with the
American Wind Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Robert Boudreau.

click here to order a complete set of parts from C.F. Peters

click here to order a solo part with piano reduction

click here to order a conductor's score

William Purvis



Concerto for Euphonium and Orchestra (2007)
Lee's SSO colleague, Scott Kinmont (Associate Principal Trombone) suggested in 2003
that he compose a solo work for Euphonium, the instrument that he plays
with as much passion and flair as the trombone.
For years Scott had bemoaned the fact that this instrument, most often employed in the
brass band medium, had been neglected in the genre of the orchestra.
(see: article from Sydney's Daily Telegraph: "Rare Works Please")
The concerto was premiered in 2008 with Scott as soloist,
accompanied by the SSO, conducted by Matthew Coorey
as part of the orchestra's 2008 "Meet the Music" concert series.

Sydney's music critics wrote:
"Bracegirdle has come to the Euphonium's rescue! - jubilation / colourful, ingenious orchestration"

"an evocative new work destined to occupy a special place in the instrument's repertoire"

click here to order the music for this concerto with piano accompaniment from Just for Brass

click here to order from Sheet Music Plus

click here to order directly from the publisher (C.F. Peters)
Mr. Bracegirdle being
interviewed during "pre-
concert talk" with the
SSO's education director
Margaret Moore

the composer with
soloist Scott Kinmont and the
Sydney Symphony Orchestra
at the world premiere of
"Concerto for Euphonium and Orchestra"-
Sydney Opera House, February 27, 2008

Scott Kinmont




Resonance for unaccompanied cello
was premiered by
the SSO's former principal cellist Timothy Walden
(now principal cello of London's Philharmonia Orchestra)
at Melbourne's "Spring Early Music Festival" in October, 2009 -

recordings of this performance are available from the Australian Music Centre or
directly from Mr Bracegirdle (contact details on the home page of this website)

click here to order the sheet music for "Resonance" from the AMC

Timothy Walden performing
the premiere of Resonance



choreographed music

His compositions for ballet, Eat Pianist and Prometheus and Pandora
have been choreographed by Adrian Dimitrievitch
for the Australian Chamber Ballet, where Lee is Musical Director and Composer-in-Residence.
Eat Pianist is based on a comedy/horror/suspense/cabaret story developed by Mr. Dimitrievitch.
Mr. Bracegirdle created both the synopsis and music for Prometheus and Pandora,
based on a contemporary interpretation of the classic Greek mythology.



Landscape Visions (2010)
a work for full orchestra inspired by scenery at selected places in Lee's home state of New South Wales
Utilising a vast instrumental palette, 7 contrasting movements portray
musical manifestations of nature's beauty: 6 in the wilderness; one of urban environment

in New South Wales' Blue Mountains: the Jamison Valley


Passacaglia and Gigues (2011)
for solo-double bass and chamber orchestra
composed at the request of Lee's SSO colleague, principal bassist Kees Boersma
The stately 3/4 rhythm of the ancient street-dance "passacaglia"
gives way to macabre jigs and cool jazz episodes -
scored for solo-double bass, strings, winds, orchestral percussion and drum kit.

Kees Boersma




Legends of the Old Castle (2012)
for solo harp, winds and percussion
was commissioned by
the American Wind Symphony Orchestra..

During his 2012 residency in the Brahmshaus in Baden-Baden
Lee was inspired by the ruins of Hohenbaden Castle and its ancient legends,
and by the sounds of the aeolian harp, or "wind-harp" installed in the Knights' Hall of the castle.

Louise Johnson, accompanied by the S.S.O. performed
the premiere in July, 2014, conducted by Simone Young.

Click here to order the solo part with piano accompaniment from the publisher C.F. Peters

download the SSO printed program for this concert

Louise
Johnson
Simone
Young

the aeolian harp at Hohenbaden Castle was built and installed by Rüdiger Oppermann

The American Wind
Symphony Orchestra in
their Louis Kahn-designed
floating stage,
"Point-Counterpoint II"
The "Old Castle",
Schloss Hohenbaden,
overlooking the city of
Baden-Baden
The "Rittersaal"
("Hall of Knights")
in the "Old Castle"
The aeolian harp
installed in one
of the windows
of the Rittersaal

news:
legendary jazz/classical harpist Park Stickney
performs Legends of the Old Castle in Baden-Baden:
February, 2017

The specatular harpist renowned for breaking rules and boundaries when it comes to this instrument
performed the European premiere of "Legends" in the place where the inspiration for the work arose.
With the original Old Castle perched high above the city and within plain sight of the concert hall,
audiences in Baden-Baden were transported back centuries to the
world of medieval sagas by Mr Stickney's dramatic interpretation.
- contemporary music returns to its spiritual roots,
accompanied by the Baden-Baden Philharmonic, conducted by Thomas Rösner

click here for reviews of this performance

Park Stickney
(website)



Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (2012),
composed at the request of Sydney Symphony Orchestra's
former concertmaster Michael Dauth was premiered in May, 2015.
Mr. Dauth was accompanied by the Sydney Youth Orchestra
under the direction of chief conductor Alexander Briger.
The concerts took place in the Verbrugghen Hall of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music
and in the Parramatta Riverside Theatre.

click here to watch a video of this performance on Youtube

click here to download radio station 2MBS-FM "Fine Music" magazine
article about the premiere (May 2015 issue)

click here to download the SYO's printed program for the concerts

Michael Dauth,
violinist
Alexander Briger,
conductor




current composition projects:

Shoalhaven-Lieder
a song-cycle for high voice and orchestra
based on philosophic poetry on the subjects of life, love and death.
The cycle is comprised of 8 songs using texts by
Clive James, Heinrich Heine, Adolf Friedrich von Schack, James Agee and Charles Waterstreet -
Lee began sketches while in-residence at Bundanon and continued work
during his 2014 residency in the Brahmshaus, Baden-Baden.
Completed: 2015 in Sydney

Adolph Friedrich
von Schack
James Agee Clive James Heinrich Heine Charles
Waterstreet


Triptych for saxophone and orchestra
Prominent Sydney saxophonist Christina Leonard has requested from Lee
a solo work for Saxophone and Orchestra.
It will be structured in the form of ancient 3-part paintings known as "triptychs",
often found on church altars. These paintings depict a story-line flowing from left to right,
where the outer wings are shorter 'introduction and finale' sections
placed astride a larger, more developed middle section.
The soloist will be called upon to play alto and soprano saxophones.
Projected completion: 2017

Christina Leonard


List of compositions

1997: Odd Couples (tango for ballet) - [violin, 'cello, horn, piano]
1997: Devastated (tango for ballet) - [violin, 'cello, horn, piano]
1998: Fanfare for the Extraordinary Individual - [3 trumpets, 3 horns, 3 trombones, tuba]
1998: Divertimento for Orchestra
2000: Variations for Orchestra
2002: Eat Pianist (ballet in 3 scenes) - [septet: flute, oboe, horn, violin, viola, 'cello, piano] / [also full orchestral version]
2003: Prometheus and Pandora (ballet in 3 acts) -
[septet: flute, oboe, horn, violin, viola, 'cello, piano]
----------- full orchestra version 2004 / Suite Box (chamber orchestra suite from the ballet, 2004)
2003: Resonance - [unaccompanied 'cello]
2005: Fanfára Miniatura - [brass quartet]
2005: Ammerseelieder - [low voice and orchestra]
2007: Threnos [solo horn, winds and percussion] - dedicated to the memory of Jerome Ashby
2007: Concerto for Euphonium and Orchestra
2010; Landscape Visions [full orchestra]
2011: Passacaglia and Gigues - [solo double-bass and chamber orchestra]
2012: Legends of the Old Castle - [solo-harp, winds and percussion]
2012: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
2015: Shoalhavenlieder - [high voice and orchestra]
2017: Triptych for saxophone and orchestra






residencies at Bundanon 2003 / 2013

The Bundanon Trust, a foundation created in 1998 through the bequest of the Australian
artist Arthur Boyd, selected Lee for their "Artists-in-Residence" program in 2003 and 2013.
In the secluded, inspirational environment of this historic property on the South Coast of New South Wales
he joined other performing and graphic artists in an intensive creative atmosphere
in order to bring to life new works. Compositions that emerged through these residencies
have been Euphonium Concerto, Resonance and Shoalhavenlieder

Bundanon photo albumn:

2003 residencies
the historic Boyd family home
"Bundanon"
inside Arthur Boyd's studio The Artists' Centre, with
residences and studios
artists-in-residence August 2003:
L.B., photographer Jennifer
Gough-Cooper; painters Jennifer
Joseph and Anthony Pelchen
in the studio of Patrick
Shirvington with his works
artists-in-residence
L.B., Patrick Shirvington and
Hitomi Utami with Polly Boyd
L. B. and "Sugarpuss" - an
installation work by artist-in-
residence Hitomi Utami
L.B. at work in the "Writer's
Cottage" with sketches for
Euphonium Concerto - [photo by
Jennifer Gough-Cooper]
Wilhelmina the wombat:
permanent resident under
the Writer's Cottage
2013 residency
the Musicians' Cottage,
Lee's 2013 residence
in the workshop of the
Musicians' Cottage with sketches
for Shoalhaven-Lieder
with fellow residents
Kit Lagréze (painter)
Kay Armstrong (choreographer);
and Bundanon staff
Gary Hogan and Onni
with Lagréze's drawings



residencies in the "Brahmshaus", Baden-Baden

During Spring of 2012 and 2014 Lee was composer-in-residence at "the Brahmshaus" in Baden-Baden, Germany
The Brahms Society, formed in 1966 to preserve the only surviving house in Germany
where Johannes Brahms had lived, selects composers from around the world
to take part in its residency program. This historic building, that Brahms described as
"the beautiful house on the hill" was his summer residence from 1864-1875.
In providing this service to composers, the society's aim is to
"continue Brahms' tradition of aiding of young artists in their creative development"

His works that were conceived and/or developed here are
Legends of the Old Castle and Shoalhaven-Lieder.
He has been invited to return to the Brahmshaus for a residency in 2017

The "Brahmshaus"
at Maximillianstrasse 85,
Baden-Baden
L.B. in the apartment
that was Brahms' summer
residence, now part of
the Brahmsmuseum
the composers' studio
and workshop
horn calls from the
balcony to Lichtental