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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)
Passacaglia and Gigues double-bass and chamber orchestra
Legends of the Old Castle harp and wind orchestra (premiere 2014)
Violin Concerto (premiere 2015)
Shoalhaven-Lieder for high voice and orchestra
Triptych saxophone and orchestra
full list of compositions
The Brahmshaus, Baden-Baden
First Prize recipient: Kodaly International
Musical Director: Australian Chamber Ballet;
Principal Guest Conductor: Orquesta Sinfónica de Oriente, Santiago de Cuba
retired Associate Principal Horn: Sydney
Lee Bracegirdle earned his Bachelor and Master
degrees 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,
Legends of the Old Castle and Violin Concerto 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. CD recordings of this performance
are available through The Australian Music Centre
click here to listen to a performance on Youtube
Radio station 2-MBS FM published an article/interview
in their March, 2002 issue of "Fine
Read Blow me down, it's a serialist! on the
reviews / press reports page.
In their reviews of the world premiere, Sydney's newspapers
"Bracegirdle's Variations exhibit ingenious, multi-coloured scoring,
with never a dull moment. This is clever
Sydney's North Shore Times, in its end-of-year
described Variations as "Best Australian work" of 2002
Orchestras can hire score and parts from
the publisher C.F. Peters
|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
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
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 to listen to a recording of this performance
click here for reviews of the world premiere performance
click here to order a piano-vocal score from SheetMusicPlus
click here to order the music directly from the publisher
|Reinbert de Leeuw
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.
click here to order a solo part with piano reduction
click here to order a conductor's score
Concerto for Euphonium and Orchestra (2007)
Lee's SSO colleague, Scott Kinmont (Associate Principal Trombone) suggested
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
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 listen to this performance on YouTube
click here to order the solo part 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.
|Mr. Bracegirdle being
interviewed during "pre-
concert talk" with the
SSO's education director
|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
Resonance for unaccompanied cello
was premiered by the SSO's former principal
cellist Timothy Walden
(now principal cello of London's Philharmonia
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)
or click here to listen to a recording at YouTube
click here to order the sheet music from the Australian
|Timothy Walden performing
the premiere of Resonance
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 pallette, 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
Passacaglia and Gigues (2011)
for solo double-bass and chamber orchestra.
Composed at the request of Lee's SSO colleqgue,
principal double-bassist Kees Boersma.
The stately 3/4 rhythm of the ancient street
gives way to macabre jigs and cool jazz episodes.
Scored for solo double-bass, strings, winds,
orchestral percussion and drum kit.
Legends of the Old Castle (2012)
for solo harp, winds and percussion was commissioned
the American Wind Symphony Orchestra..
During his 2012 residency in the Brahmshaus
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.
download the SSO printed program for this
read The Legend of the Grey Woman
read The Legend of the Marble Staute and the Cross
read Sydney Morning Herald review
Click here to order the solo part with piano accompaniment
from the publisher C.F. Peters
click here to listen to Ms Johnson's performance
the aeolian harp at Hohenbaden Castle was
built and installed by Rüdiger Oppermann
|The American Wind
Symphony Orchestra in
their Louis Kahn-designed
|The "Old Castle",
overlooking the city of
("Hall of Knights")
in the "Old Castle"
|The aeolian harp
installed in one
of the windows
of the Rittersaal
legendary jazz/classical harpist Park Stickney
performs Legends of the Old Castle in Baden-Baden:
The 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
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
- contemporary music returns to its spiritual
accompanied by the Baden-Baden Philharmonic,
conducted by Thomas Rösner
click here to listen to this performance
click here for reviews of this performance
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (2012),
composed at the request of Sydney Symphony
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
click here to download radio station 2MBS-FM "Fine
Music" magazine article about the premiere
click here to download the SYO's printed program for
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
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,
Completed: 2017 in Sydney
current composition projects:
Triptych for saxophone and orchestra
Prominent Sydney-based saxophonist Christina
Leonard has requested from Lee
a solo work for Saxophone and Orchestra.
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
The soloist is required to play both alto
and soprano saxophones.
The first overseas performances are scheduled
for late 2022 in Cuba
with local soloist Marco Antonio Prades
Clarinet Concerto (projected completion: 2022)
is being composed at the request of and dedicated
3 prominent clarinetists on the interational
Francesco Celata, Lee's long-time colleague
at the Sydney Symphony Orchestra;
John Yeh, Chicago Symphony 1st clarinet (and
Lee's old buddy from Juilliard);
and Dimitri Ashkenazy, soloist based in Switzerland;
This will be a 3-movement work, using
full orchestral accompaniment.
List of compositions
1997: Odd Couples (tango for ballet) - [violin, 'cello, horn,
1997: Devastated (tango for ballet) - [violin, 'cello, horn,
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,
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]
2018: Triptych - [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
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:
|the historic Boyd family home
|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
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
|Wilhelmina the wombat:
permanent resident under
the Writer's Cottage
|the Musicians' Cottage,
Lee's 2013 residence
|in the workshop of the
Musicians' Cottage with sketches
|with fellow residents
Kit Lagréze (painter)
Kay Armstrong (choreographer);
and Bundanon staff
Gary Hogan and Onni
with Lagréze's drawings
residencies in the "Brahmshaus",
During Spring of 2012 and 2014 Lee was composer-in-residence
at "the Brahmshaus" in Baden-Baden,
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
"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
Legends of the Old Castle and Shoalhaven-Lieder.
at Maximillianstrasse 85,
|L.B. in the apartment
that was Brahms' summer
residence, now part of
|the composers' studio
|horn calls from the
balcony to Lichtental