Small Ensemble Waves (March 2016)

Welcome to ‘Small Ensemble Waves’, our celebration of new Australian music being written for small forces in abundance. In some ways we’re going back to where it all started (Playlist 1: Chamber Waves January 2015), with another chamber music playlist.  This time we’ve kept to quite small ensembles, of 3-6 acoustic instruments.  When we were considering chamber music for inclusion in this playlist, we distinguished between works written for uniform or homogenous ensembles, of instruments from one family (string quartet, clarinet trio, brass quintet), and works written for mixed chamber configurations, with a wide spectrum of tone colour. The playlist here includes works from both groups. We hope that you enjoy!

Hear something that catches your attention? To find out more about a musical work, click on the track name in the playlist and then again on ‘view track’. To find out more about a particular composer, click on their name in the ‘Details’ section below.


  1. Connor D’Netto, String Quartet No. 2 in E minor
    Winner of the Australian New Works Award, presented by Chamber Music Australia.  Performed by the Noga Quartet, winner of the 7th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. Recorded live @ MICMC 2015, 18/07/2015, at the Melbourne Recital Centre.
  2. David John Lang, The Three Little Pigs
    Performed by Eclectica Trio: Amanda Home, Anna Coleman and Charise Altmann.
  3. Clare Johnston, The Jive
    Recorded at Melba Hall at the University of Melbourne.
  4. Aristea Mellos, I. ‘Suddenly’ from Three Poems of Yannis Ritsos
    Performed by Madeline Cain (soprano), Daniel Pesca (piano), Caroline Sonett (flute).  Recorded live 12/11/2014, Kilbourn Hall, The Eastman School of Music.
  5. Maria Grenfell, These dark notes drifting
    Performed by Timothy Munro & Petrus Gardborn, flutes, Jeremy Malvin, percussion, Erica Dohi, piano.
  6. Chris Williams, Beautiful Lines
  7. Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh, Tightrope
    Recorded as part of Australian Voices concert series.  Performed by musicians of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), featuring Justine Anderson (Soprano) and Peter Neville (Conductor).
  8. Hana Zreikat, Levitas
    Recorded live by students of the Australian National Academy of Music at Federation Square, July 2013.
  9. Peggy Polias, Phlogiston
    Performed by Jane Bishop (flute), Peter Smith (clarinet), Victoria Jacono, Victor Wu (violins), John Fahy (viola), George Cayas (cello).  Recorded by Kammerklang, sound Engineer: Jayson McBride.

We’d love to hear about your listening experience! Share your thoughts or send messages of support to our featured composers and performers in the comment box below. We also encourage you to click through to Soundcloud to like, comment and subscribe to Making Waves as well as the composers, performers, and presenters featured.

The Small Ensemble Waves playlist will be featured until 1 April 2016. All previous playlists from 2015 & 2016 will be available in our blog archives for the life of the project, so please do explore the website for previously featured sounds.

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