In this episode you’ll hear
Composer: Rachel Bruerville
interviewed by: David John Lang
This conversation was recorded in 2016 in a practice room at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide.
“I try and listen to everything, including things I hate, because I think that broadens my ears, and it’s interesting to listen to things that you don’t like and, kind of, analyse why you might not like it…”
In this episode, Rachel Bruerville reflects on her musical upbringing as a singer and cellist, her growing interest in environmental science, and then the late realisation that she actually wanted to be a composer. She talks with David John Lang about how she loves to compose with words and what she hopes her music can achieve, and then tackles the fraught question of what it means to be an “Australian composer”.
Music in this Episode
A Chantar M’er by Rachel Bruerville.
For clarinet, cello and piano. Performed by The Endeavour Trio: Trish O’Brien (cello), Paul Dean (clarinet), Stephen Emmerson (piano).
River by Rachel Bruerville.
For cello. Performed by Rachel Bruerville.
A Bird Sings by Rachel Bruerville.
For soprano, soprano saxophone, guitar, viola, cello.
Performed by Pony Horseman (soprano), Jacob Whitelock (guitar), Roshan Ibrahim (soprano saxophone), Frank Giles (viola), Rachel Bruerville (cello).
The music you heard in the opening and closing credits is:
I/O (2014), by Eli Simic-Prosic
For diskclavier, recorded by the composer.
Used with permission.
The Making Conversation: Australian Composers’ Podcast is brought to you by Making Waves.
This episode was recorded and produced by: David John Lang
Audio consultant: Daniel Thorpe
Mixing and Mastering: Thomas Green
Executive Producers: Lisa Cheney & Peggy Polias Making Waves
The Making Conversation Podcast has been made possible with the generous support of:
Project Patron: Cameron Lam of Kammerklang
Production Donors: Kieren Paynter, Nigel Poole, PLEXUS, Callum Moncrieff, Constance Barberakis, David John Lang, Christopher Gordon, Anne Gill, Brian Howard, Caroline Thompson, Leah Barclay and Jocelyn Wolfe and all who contributed to the successful crowdfunding campaign
Making Conversation is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through MATCH.