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Barren Grounds digital release

Having been swamped with requests to not discontinue this blog we will relent and keep putting news here as well as on the main website:



Sedition has released a digital version of the Perihelion recording of Andrew Schultz’s Barren Grounds, opus 36 (1988) and it is now available on all digital music store websites including iTunes and online streaming networks including Spotify. The performers who were in Perihelion for this recording were Nigel Sabin, clarinet; Patricia Pollett, viola; Gwyn Roberts, cello; and Colin Spiers, piano. Cover art is by Nicole Saintilan. Catalogue number is Sedition9.


Barren Grounds, opus 36 (1988)

1. . . . this ground
2. The Twittering Machine

South of Sydney, on the Illawarra escarpment overlooking the sea, Barren Grounds is a wilderness reserve and bird breeding area. With a strange and otherworldly landscape – stunted growth and marshy ground – the place feels still, yet the strange, eerie surface conceals a fecund underlife. For me, the place occupies a state of mind; this, rather than any programmatic intention, prompted the title.

Movement 1, is a slow, lyrical and sinewy reworking of a vocal piece, Seafarer, whose final line: “And learn to sleep upon this ground”, with its reference to mortality, suggested the passacaglia form used.

Paul Klee’s ornithological automaton painting, The Twittering Machine, gives Movement 2 its inspiration. The musical intention at times resembles an ungainly machine that keeps running awry and needs to be wound-up again. Spinning out rhythmic fragments and employing mosaic technique are recurrent preoccupations.

Barren Grounds is scored for for clarinet, viola, ‘cello and piano and was the inaugural work commissioned by Perihelion (an ensemble resident at the University of Queensland). Itwas composed with financial assistance from the Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council.

© Andrew Schultz, 1988





The last post


This blog/website for news about Andrew Schultz’s music is saying (well, virtually saying) ‘so long and thanks for all the fish‘ because all of the news functions are now located in the main website: has just had a complete redesign and now has many more functions, useful links and a greatly enlarged content so please check it out. The new website was designed by Marco Gatta at Technique Interactive.

So this blog won’t be updated any further and at some point it will go to the great digital graveyard in the cloud.


PS … And whilst you’re still here, there is a final piece of news: Sydney clarinettist extraordinaire, Jason Noble, has released a new CD of clarinet music including Night Birds for solo clarinet by Andrew Schultz.  The CD is called Chi’s Cakewalk and is available online from iTunes etc and from music stores as a CD; here is a link with more information, details and excerpts.


PPS … Will there be, I hear you ask (well, virtually hear you ask), any record left of anything from this era in history if it’s all destined to be digital ephemera????

Thank goodness we still have landfill for future archaeologists to dig around in.





Falling Man/Dancing Man, CD Release




Andrew Schultz’s large-scale 2005 composition for organ and orchestra, Falling Man/Dancing Man, will shortly be released on the US label, Navona, as part of a compilation of contemporary orchestral works. The soloist in the work is the exciting Czech organist, Karel Martinek, performing on the grand organ of the Dum Kultury (House of Culture) in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Full details of the CD are below; individual works on the CD are also available via all digital formats.


Falling Man/Dancing Man for solo organ and orchestra,

opus 68 (2005)

Movement 1  Infinity Jinx                          6:00

Movement 2  Deep Crossing                     7:33

Movement 3 The Laughing Man               8:52

Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Petr Vronsky – conductor, Karel Martinek – organ

Recorded at Dum Kultury, Ostrava, Czech Republic on 13 September 2016

Producer: Vit Muzik,  Engineers – Ales Dvorak, Jan Kosulic

CD Title: Winter’s Warmth, Contemporary Works for Orchestra

Label: Navona Records, Catalog: NV6091

Release date: 14 April 2017


YouTube Promotional Video:

SoundCloud Link:

Information about Andrew Schultz:

An interview with the composer about Falling Man/Dancing Man in StressPoints (eNewsletter of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies):



Program note:

Falling Man/Dancing Man is a concerto-style work for solo pipe organ and orchestra composed for first performance on the organ of the Melbourne Town Hall in 2005. The twenty minute work is in three separate but related movements.

Falling Man/Dancing Man was initially inspired by two photos with contrasting depictions of human reactions to war. The first was the abject image of a Falling Man taken from the ground below the World Trade Centre attacks in New York in 2001. The image was later suppressed and remains a deeply contradictory photo given the choices and pain implicit in the subject’s decision to jump. The second shows a Dancing Man who is celebrating in a Sydney street at the end of World War Two. His hat is in the air as he dances for joy at the end of war. The more I looked into it the more I became aware that images and artwork depicting falling and dancing bodies are almost universal icons from rock art to the present. Perhaps this is because they depict fundamental truths about human experience. Whilst echoes of both these and other images have found their way into the piece, the musical matters took their own course in the work and in the end the organist’s dancing feet and physical elevation in the organ loft also seemed apt for the title.

Falling Man/Dancing Man was commissioned by Symphony Australia for the Melbourne Symphony (with organ soloist, Calvin Bowman and conductor, Oleg Caetani) and composed with the assistance of a residency at the Leighton Studios, Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada.



Andrew Schultz, left, and Karel Martinek in Ostrava, Czech Republic, September 2016

Andrew Schultz, left, and Karel Martinek in Ostrava, Czech Republic, September 2016


Paradise by Schultz recording release



A recording of Andrew Schultz’s Paradise – Five Songs for soprano, cello and piano, Opus 95 (2013) has been given a digital recording release by the three outstanding performers who gave the work its premiere in Paris in August 2015: Felicitas Fuchs (soprano), Li-Wei Qin (cello) and Bernard Lanskey (piano). This new recording was made at NUS in Singapore in October 2015 with Zhou Xiaodong the recording’s engineer and producer. Paradise was a finalist in the 2016 Art Music Awards and Highly Commended in the 2016 Paul Lowin Awards and consists of settings of the composer’s own texts.

The recording is available for sale and streaming on all major digital platforms including i-Tunes, Deezer, Spotify and YouTube. The release date of the recording is 6 January 2017 and the catalog number is Sedition 8.

The text of the songs, program note and composer’s biography are available to download as a PDF from this link: paradise-text-program-note-biog.

New CD of Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by Schultz

Here are the details of the new Tall Poppies release of Australian sacred choral music, including Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by Andrew Schultz, performed by the Brisbane Chamber Choir/Graeme Morton.

The following is from the Tall Poppies website –

TP239 Mass of the Dreaming

Australian Sacred Choral Music
Brisbane Chamber Choir • Graeme Morton, director

$23   (Australian dollars)

buy at: AMC – Buywell

It is truly amazing that we’ve waited until 2016 for an Australian choir to record a CD of Australian sacred choral music. Yes, this is the first!!

It’s well worth the wait. A lot of this music was commissioned by the choir. Specially mention must be made of Ross Edwards‘ Mass of the Dreaming, a substantial work that will definitely be included among the pantheon of Australian choral works in the future. It’s the largest work on this disc and one of the most engaging.

The Brisbane Chamber Choir sings these works with skill and passion, ably directed by Graeme Morton.

The Choir has also commissioned the cover art from Kangaroo Valley-based artist Githa Pilbrow, who was inspired by the 2016 Vivid! exhibition in Sydney. Her work Cathedral Light makes a lovely cover.


Paul Stanhope Ubi caritas
Joseph Twist Lamentation of Jeremiah
Keren C. Terpstra Arise my love, my fair one
Matthew Orlovich Communion of Reparation
Andrew Schultz Magnificat
Andrew Schultz Nunc dimittis
Stephen Leek Sanctus
Stephen Leek Agnus Dei
Nigel Butterley Exultate Domino
Ross Edwards Mass of the Dreaming


Andrew Schultz Piano Music – CD Release

Piano Music AS web

Antony Gray is the pianist on a new compact disc of Andrew Schultz’s music for piano. The music was written in the period from 1987 to 2015 and includes most of his output written for solo piano during that time. With his amazing virtuosity, the well known Australian born and  international pianist, Antony Gray, demonstrates his expressive control of phrasing and colour throughout the recordings. The recordings were made in Melbourne and London; works on the disc include Barcarole, Prelude and Postscript, and Four Inventions from The Children’s Bach. In a recent review of another work on the disc, Nocturnes and Variations, one critic wrote,  “this captivating piece added to the growing sense that a distinct musical language is coming out of Australia which is as unique and starkly beautiful as the land itself.” [Marc Rochester, “A rare chamber treat,” The Straits Times, 20/2/16.]

The CD is released by the Australian label Wirripang and carries the catalogue number, Wirr 078.  The disc has also been released on digital platforms and via the Naxos Music Library.

Click here for more information, to hear samples of the music, and to purchase the disc.

Some recent reviews of the new disc:

“Andrew Schultz’s impressive piano music collection is deeply rooted in the unique resonant qualities of the instrument. His long-time collaborator, Antony Gray, interprets the works with both sensitivity and panache.”  [Read Michael Hannan’s review of the disc in full in the Music Trust E-zine.]


“Schultz’s piano works range as widely as the great outdoors.

Antony Gray is a London-based pianist who has gained praise for his recordings of Poulenc, Bach, Brahms and Goossens and one can see his skill with these composers fertilising this new disc devoted to Schultz’s pianistic output. In the Adelaide-born composer’s music there is a sense of space, which is entirely appropriate to the vast Australian landscape; and unlike many earlier composers, Schultz is content to write in a more neo-tonal manner without resorting to dissonance or mimicry of bird-cry.

Even in his recent Interludes (2015), there is a sense of late-Romantic intensity. And though Schultz does not regard himself as much of a pianist, there is much here – a sparseness of creative landscape, which defines modern notions of Australia. His music is more melodic than atonal, and yet almost naively deductive in its sense of logic, place and space. Here is music that is haunting and inward, searching for a sense of landscape if not comprehension.

Schultz’s literary influences are disparate – from the 10th-century Japanese Pillow Book to Inventions from his own opera The Children’s Bach after Helen Garner’s touching novella. His counterpoint is all so appropriate, making even more sense of the Bach adopted by the primer of Garner’s title, with a feeling of improvisation and expanding beauty in the right hand, set against gently resolving chords in the left. For those who wish to disappear into the seemingly understated, there is little need to look further.”

Brett Allen-Bayes, Limelight Magazine, October 2016, p. 79


A review of the disc by Vincent Plush as published in The Weekend Australian on 10 September 2016.

Weekend Australian, 10 Sept 2016




November matters



Upcoming November performances and CD/DVD releases of works by Andrew Schultz.

After Nina is presented by the Glasshouse Trio in Eudlo Hall, Eudlo, Queensland on Saturday 7 November at 7pm. The program also includes works by Brahms, Beethoven and Frankel. Glasshouse Trio (Louise King – cello, Paul Dean – clarinet  and Stephen Emmerson – piano) contains two of the players who commissioned After Nina in 2007 – it has since had many performances by other groups as well. More information and tickets to the concert.

Prelude and Postcript for piano has its European premiere given by Antony Gray in London on Friday 13 November at 8pm at Schott’s Music Shop, 48 Gt Marlborough Street, London W1 in a concert presented by the Grieg Society of Great Britain. More information and tickets to the concert.

Lake Moonrise for mezzo, clarinet, cello and vibes is released on Sunday 15 November on a Tall Poppies CD as a part of the Halcyon collection of works, Kingfisher (Songs for Halcyon). For more details.

Endling is presented on radio and on-line by BBC3 in a performance by the BBC Ulster Orchestra/David Porcelijn – listen live on Tuesday 17 November at 2pm (UK time) or listen on-line afterwards for 10 days – here is the link for more information.

August Offensive for orchestra is presented as a part of the Australian premiere of the Gallipoli Symphony by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra/Jessica Cottis at the Concert Hall, Queensland Performing Arts Centre on Tuesday 24 November 2015 at 7:30pmMore information and tickets to the concert. See a YouTube clip about the Gallipoli Symphony. Listen to the concert live on ABC Classic FM.

ABC Classics have just released the DVD of the August 2015 Istanbul performance of the Gallipoli Symphony (including August Offensive) given by the Istanbul State Symphony/Jessica Cottis. Catalog number is 076 2924. Here are the details





More info on the works:

Schultz’s August Offensive in Istanbul and Brisbane

Gallipoli Symphony premiere

Commissioned by the Australian Department of Veterans’ Affairs and supported by the Turkish Ministry for Culture and Tourism as part of the 2015 Year of Friendship and during the 100th anniversary year of the Gallipoli Campaign, the World Premiere of Gallipoli Symphony was conducted at the historically-significant Hagia Irene Monumental Museum in Istanbul on Tuesday 4 August 2015. The work contains music by Australian, Turkish and New Zealand composers including Andrew Schultz’s orchestral work, August Offensive.

It was performed to an invitation-only audience by the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra under the direction of United Kingdom-based Australian conductor, Jessica Cottis.  Specialist soloist musicians Michael Askill (percussion), William Barton (didgeridoo), Horomona Horo (Maori instruments), Julian Jackson (harmonica) and Omar Faruk Tekbilek (Turkish instruments) featured throughout the performance.  A combined choir including representatives from the St Joseph’s Gregory Terrace – All Hallow’s Gallipoli Choir (Australia) and the (Turkish) State Opera and Ballet provided vocal accompaniment in the first and final movements of the Symphony.

Gallipoli Symphony was also performed by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra/Cottis in Brisbane, at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre – Concert Hall, on Tuesday 24 November 2015 at 7:30pm. Details:

The ABC-TV  broadcast of the Istanbul performance was available on i-view until 20 August 2015:

The ABC-TV production of the Istanbul performance is available on DVD:

The ABC Classics recording of the Brisbane performance is available on CD: and via iTunes:


Useful links

Visit the Gallipoli Symphony website for full details of the events and music.

Read more about August Offensive and its premiere at Gallipoli in 2013:

Hear an excerpt of August Offensive and read a brief interview about the piece and the Gallipoli Symphony project:

Get a recording of August Offensive from iTunes:

Read Gordon Williams program note for August Offensive.

Deep Blue and Dirty – CD Release

Deep blue



The Southern Cross Soloists, Stephen Emmerson and Lucinda Collins are the outstanding performers on a newly released CD of recent chamber and vocal music by Andrew Schultz.

The music was written in the period from 2006 to 2011 and includes To the evening star, the winner of the 2009 Paul Lowin Prize. To the evening star is performed on the disc by Margaret Schindler (soprano) and Stephen Emmerson (piano) who premiered the work in 2009. Lines drawn from silence was commissioned by the Southern Cross Soloists with Australia Council assistance in 2007 and is also recorded here for the first time. The work contains a setting of powerful and provocative words by the famous mathematician, Isaac Newton.

In the slow-moving and expressive homage to Nina Simone,  After Nina (2007), Stephen Emmerson is joined by Paul Dean (clarinet) and Patrick Murphy (cello). Tania Frazer (oboe) and Keivn Power (piano) present the moody duet, Master Mariner – Lost at Sea (2006) and Alan Smith (violin) and Patrick Murphy have recorded another short and lyrical duo, Indigo Invention (2010).

The most recent work on the disc gives the CD its title: Deep blue and dirty is a virtuosic and jazzy work for bassoon and piano and it is presented here by Mark Gaydon (who commissioned the piece in 2011) and Lucinda Collins (piano).

The CD is released by Wirripang and carries the catalogue number: Wirr 065. Recordings were made in Brisbane and Adelaide. The disc will also be released soon on digital platforms and via the Naxos Music Library.

Click here: For more information and to purchase the disc.

Download the full track listing and performance details.

Read two recent reviews of the new disc:

August Offensive with the TSO

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO), conducted by Garry Walker, present the Australian premiere of Andrew Schultz’s August Offensive on Friday 27 March at 7:30pm in the Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, in their Master Series concert.



Schultz- August Offensive

Elgar- Cello Concerto (Nicolas Alstaedt, cello soloist)


Kelly- Elegy

Elgar- Enigma Variations

Read more about August Offensive and its premiere at Gallipoli in 2013:

More details from the TSO about the program and the works:

ABC Classic Fm broadcast this concert at 1:00pm on ANZAC Day, April 25, 2015:

Hear an excerpt of the music and read a brief interview about the piece and the Gallipoli Symphony project:

Read Gordon Williams program note for August Offensive.