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Anne Boyd   (Born 1946)

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Anne Boyd has enjoyed a distinguished career as a composer and music educator. In 1990 she became the first Australian and the first woman to be appointed Professor of Music at the University of Sydney where her research work focuses upon the influence of landscape and of Asian music upon Australian composers.

Born in 1946, Anne Boyd wrote her first compositions as a little girl growing up on a remote outback sheep station in Central Queensland. Much later she became a student of Peter Sculthorpe and inherited through him a lifelong fascination with the musical cultures of South East Asia, especially Japan and Indonesia. Composition is viewed as essentially spiritual and she is much interested in the idea of music as meditation, as a means of changing states of consciousness.

Anne Boyd's best known compositions, which are played throughout the world, include the meditation for solo piano Angklung (1974) one of several works written for, or inspired by, the pianist Roger Woodward; the choral composition A Vision: Jesus Reassures His Mother; the song cycle for voice and chamber ensemble Meditations on a Chinese Character (1996); Goldfish Through Summer Rain (1979) for flute and piano; and the orchestral work Grathawai (1993).

In 1996 Anne Boyd was honoured with the award of an AM in the Order of Australia for her service to Music as a composer and educator. In 2003, she was conferred Honorary Doctor of the University by the University of York (UK).

For more information visit http://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/artist/boyd-anne

Live Dates

10/11/2011   Hillier brings attention to Australian music
Limelight Magazine feature about the music on A Bridge of Dreams which brings Australian music to international attention and "offers huge potential for the expansion of cultural understanding". Read the article here
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04/07/2012   Audiophile Audition

A Bridge of Dreams
"Hillier continues his penchant for excellent recitals in superb sonics."
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09/02/2012   Gramophone

A Bridge of Dreams
"Anne Boyd's As I crossed a bridge of dreams steals the show (...) and - like everything else here - admirably performed"
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01/02/2012   BBC Music Magazine

A Bridge of Dreams
4/5 Stars

"Unsual, moving pieces nicely performed and recorded"
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01/02/2012   International Record Review

A Bridge of Dreams
"This is an intriguing disc of barely known and often very beautiful music"
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30/01/2012   The Whole Note

A Bridge of Dreams
"Curious and delightfully captivating."
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27/01/2012   American Record Guide

A Bridge of Dreams
"This is a delightful release full of worthy music and performances that bring it alive with infectious joy."
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01/12/2011   Allmusic.com

A Bridge of Dreams
"This is an album that should be of strong interest to fans of new choral music from off the beaten path"
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27/11/2011   The Observer

A Bridge of Dreams
"A world-class choir at its best"
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24/11/2011   SA-CD.net

A Bridge of Dreams
5/5 Stars

"Lovers of choral music should not miss this inspiring programme ... a typically superlative performance by Ars Nova Copenhagen"
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Discography

A Bridge of Dreams
A Bridge of Dreams
Harrison, Edwards, Body, Sola, Boyd

SACD 6.220597 (2011)

Unusua music from the Pacific Rim featuring composers and poets from China, Japan, California, New Zealand and Australia recorded by Ars Nova Copenhagen and Paul Hillier


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