Works composed by Haydn Reeder since 1981.
(2 or more players)
- From One to Many (1981) chamber ensemble 7 minutes version for fl. + alto, cl. in B flat, pno, gtr + cym. First performed in Wuerzberg, Germany by Australia Felix in 1984. Other versions possible: alto flute may be replaced by soprano saxophone; guitar + cymbal may be replaced by either electric guitar and percussion or double bass and percussion ( 2 players in each case).
- Implosives (1981) two guitars 5 minutes First performed by Nadia Sartori and Tania Ravbar, Melbourne, 1988.*
- Mandala Rite (1982) oboe and guitar Commissioned by Bernard Hebb, with assistance from the Australia Council. See also : Mandala Rite for clarinet and guitar (1988).
- Stradevarie (1983) violoncello and piano 9 minutes Written for the American cellist Michael Flaksman.
- Penumbra (1984) chamber ensemble 8 minutes fl.+picc., cl. in B flat, bass cl., tpt in C, hp, 1 perc., vc. Commissioned by the Seymour Group with assistance from the Australia Council. First performed by the Seymour Group conducted by Stuart Challender, 1984.*
- Temi distratti (1984) trombone, cello, gongs 9 minutes tbn (ten.-bass), vc. and gongs (Each player also plays a large gong.) Commissioned by Flederman with assistance from the Australia Council. First performed by Flederman (Brett Kelly and David Pereira), 1984.*
- Sirens echo (1985) ensemble and tape 6 minutes fl.+alto, pno, perc., tape
- Dance in a Mirror of Time (1987) chamber ensemble 9 minutes fl. + picc., vln, 1 perc., 2 gtrs, bass cl., d.-bass. Written for and first performed by Elision, 1987. *
- Mandala Rite (1988) clarinet and guitar 8 minutes First performed by members of Elision: Elizabeth Claxton, cl., and Daryl Buckley, gtr, 1988. See also: Mandala Rite for oboe and guitar (1982).*
- Celebration of the Mandala (1988) 7 trombones 13.5 minutes
- Clashing Auras (1989) wind octet 10 minutes 2 ob. (2nd + cor ang.), 2 cl. in B flat (2nd + bass cl.), 2 hn, 2 bsn. First performed by The Melbourne Windpower.*
- Chants at Play with Solid Background (1990) flute , bass clarinet, piano 8 minutes Performed and recorded by Het Trio for whom it was written.* First performed by the Alpha Centauri ensemble, The Seymour Centre, Sydney.
- The Struggle for Independence Goes On (1993) clarinet and piano 10 minutes First performed by Jillian Kinnear and the composer, 2001, Melba Hall, University of Melbourne.
- Disturbances (1994) 3 clarinets and piano 8 – 10 minutes 2 cl. in e flat, 1 cl. in B flat, piano (Still in MS as at 2005)
- Colours of Gemini (1995) wind octet 7 minutes First performed by The Melbourne Windpower, 1995. fl., alto fl., ob.,c.ang., 2 cl in b flat, bass cl., bsn.
- Ground (1995) 2 guitars 4.5 minutes
- Return to the Distilled Gold (1998) 2 guitars 5 minutes
- Strong Song and Display (2000) 2 pianos 5.5 minutes First Performance: Federation Music Week, September 27th to 30th, 2001, organized by the Melbourne Composers League; performers: Mark Knoop and Eidit Golder*
- Strong Play (2003) 2 percussion 7 minutes A companion piece to Strong Song and Display (see previous item)
- Fluttertrio (2001) clarinet, violin and piano 8 minutes This is an arrangement of a solo piano work called Flutterpiano, composed in 1999.
- Bird (2000) violin and cello 3 minutes Published by Red House Editions in a book of compositions called Passions Within First performed by Danielle Bentley and Ben Greaves (unknown time and place) and subsequently by Alice Rickards, violin and Lizzy May, cello, at the Royal Academy of Music, London, 13/9/2005.
- Rhythmic Variations (2001) violin and cello 4 minutes A companion piece to Bird (see previous item)
- Molto espressivo (2006) violin and piano 2.5 minutes First performed by Isin Cakmakioglou, violin, at a Melbourne Composers League concert, August 2006, to be broadcast on ABCFM.*
- Masks (1981) piano 10 minutes Published in 1985 by La Trobe University Press in Contemporary Australian Piano. Recorded by Larry Sitsky, Move Records: MS 3066.
- Extraordinary Implications (1987) piano 7-8 minutes
- The Rise and Fall of a Gentleman (1989) guitar (8-strings) 8 minutes First performed by Jochen Schubert, 1989 at Montsalvat.
- Games of Balance (1992) harp 8.5 minutes Commissioned by Elision with assistance from the Australia Council. First performed by Marshall McGuire and subsequently by Mariko Anraku in the Fukui International Harp Festival (Japan), 1992: the work was in the final of
- this Composition Contest*.
- Cantus: three pieces for piano (1994) piano 2 min., 3 min., 4 min. 1. Interrupted Calm First performed, and many times since, by the composer at Montsalvat, Eltham, 2000. 2. Flame 3. Barrage Receding
- Music for a Magical Instrument (1996) violin range of durations: 1 to 4 minutes Five unaccompanied pieces
- Untitled (1997) cello 1 min. 30”; 3 min. Two unaccompanied pieces
- Tolling Bell Song (1998) piano 4.5 minutes
- Re-creation: music for a New Year Festival (1998) piano 2 minutes (+)
- Ten Colourful Piano Pieces (2000) various: 30’’ to 2 minutes
- Interplay (2002-4) guitar and electronics 13 minutes First performed by Geoffrey Morris, guitar and David Collins, technician at the University of Melbourne, Faculty of Music.*
Orchestra/ Orchestra with soloist
- Lark 2 (1994) soprano (or alto) saxophone and orchestra 8 minutes
- version of Lark – see below under Songs of Love and Terror
- Orchestra: fl. +picc., ob., cl., tpt in C, tbn (ten.-bass), gtr (6-string), mand., hp, 1 perc., strings (one group of violins only).
- First performed by The Ruse State Philharmonic Orchestra (Bulgaria) conducted by Tsanko Delibozov and saxophone soloist Boris Rusen who also recorded it on the Vienna Modern Masters label, titled Music from Six Continents, 1996 Series.
- Reconciling Auras (1997) didgeridoo and chamber orchestra 8 minutes
- Composed as fulfillment of an Arts Development Grant, awarded by Arts Victoria, 1996. First performed at the Melbourne Town Hall, 1998, by The Orana Chamber Orchestra conducted by Peter Mouseferiadis with soloist Tom Lewis.
- Cataclysm (2001) orchestra 10 minutes Orchestra: 2 (1. + picc.) 2 2 Bass cl., 2; 2 (in C) 2 1; 2 Perc., Harp, Piano, Strings (at least 10 6 6 4 4). Voice and piano/ensemble/orchestra
- Presage (1982) mezzo soprano and small orchestra 5 minutes fl.+picc., ob., cl. in e flat, bass cl., bsn, 2 tpt, 2 hn, 2 tbn, hp, vbph, 1 perc., str.: minimum 66643. Text: a poem from Chamber Music by James Joyce
- Songs of Love and Terror (1990 - 93) mezzo-soprano and ensemble 18 minutes fl. +picc., ob., cl. in Bb + bass cl., tpt in C, tbn (ten.-bass), gtr 1(6-string) gtr 2 (10-string), mand., hp, 1 perc., vln, vla, vc., d.-bass. Texts: 1. A time of love Text: Sediments of Seclusion by Walter Billeter (b.1943) 2.Lark Text: Bernard de Ventadour (12th Century) 3. The Cry Text: El Grito by Federico Garcia Lorca (1921)
- Lark 1 mezzo-soprano and orchestra 8 minutes version of Lark, (Songs of Love and Terror, No 2., above). Orchestra as in Lark 2, see above
- About Brett (2000) baritone and piano duet. 4 minutes Text by Gary Brodziak
Choral and Vocal Ensemble (a capella)
- Two Worlds Dawn (1990) 16-part choir (S.A.T.B.) 8 minutes Texts a)Alba (Dawn) by Federico Garcia Lorca b)Sunrise Sequence from the Dulngulg Song Cycle (Australian Aboriginal)
- The city, the river, the elm, the stone (1993) vocal ensemble (SSATBB) 7 minutes Commissioned by The Song Company with assistance from the Australia Council and first performed by that ensemble in 1993. Text from Finnegans Wake by James Joyce.*
- Sirens Hotel (1986) chamber opera in one act. Libretto compiled by the composer after The Odyssey by Homer and a chapter from James Joyce’s Ulysses. Soloists (minimum number): 2 Sopr., 2 Mezzo-Sopr., 1 Ten., 3 Bar.,1Bass Chorus: the 4 female soloists double as chorus Orchestra: 2 Fl. (1. +picc.), 2 ob., cor ang., 3 cl. in Bb (1. + sopr. sax.),bass cl., bsn, 2 tpt in Bb, hn, 2 tbn (1. ten., 2. ten-bass), hp, hpschd, pno +cel., 2 perc., strings: min. 66442 45 minutes
*Recording available from the Australian Music Centre or the composer
Haydn Reeder was born in Melbourne in 1944 and graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1965. He undertook postgraduate studies in piano and composition at the Graz and Vienna Academies of Music and in 1991 he gained his Master of Arts at La Trobe University for his compositions and a thesis. At the end of 1999 he was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship to pursue a PhD degree in composition which was conferred in 2005 at the University of Melbourne.
He considers that strong influences have also come from contact with musicians such as Alfred Brendel, Harrison Birtwistle and György Ligeti. Awards include one of two equal prizes in the 1976 Premio Città di Trieste for an orchestral piece; two Composer Fellowships from the Australia Council and he received a similar Fellowship in 1989 and a commission in 1996 from the Victorian Ministry for the Arts. He has been commissioned by ensembles and soloists in London (The Australian Sinfonia, The Omega Guitar Quartet, The West Square Electronic Music Association) and Australia (Jochen Schubert, The Seymour Group, Flederman, Elision, The Melbourne Windpower, The Song Company). In addition he has written a chamber opera and orchestral, live-electronic, vocal and choral works. From 1983 to 1988 he lectured in Theory and Composition at La Trobe University.
In 1992 two of his works, Games of Balance for harp solo and Celebration of the Mandala for seven trombones reached the final round respectively in the Fukui International Harp Music Competition (Japan) and The International Trombone Association Composition Contest (U.S.A.).
His piano solo Masks has been recorded on the Move label by Larry Sitsky and in 1996 Vienna Modern Masters issued a CD containing Lark 2 for Saxophone and Orchestra. In 2000 his ensemble work After the Cry was released on CD by the Melbourne Composers League. A fourth CD is devoted to Reeder’s instrumental chamber works and contains Chants at Play with Solid Background played by Het Trio, Glances, Repose for solo violin, played by Susan Pierotti, Mandala Rite for clarinet and guitar played by Carl Rosman and Geoffrey Morris and Interplay for guitar and electronics.
Besides composing he continues to perform, teach piano and theory, examine and work as a music editor and copyist.