David Keeffe

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New Editions of Old Favourites

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There is a lot of old brass band music that still deserves its place in the repertoire, but is not really in a playable state.

The sheet music is often small, and distorted because it's a reprint of a reprint of a reprint of suspect plates. There is no proper conductor's score - even though there must have been one at some time.

Music3149 is gradually preparing new editions of these pieces: we have two ready now -

  • the Overture to Mozart's "the Magic Flute", arranged by William Rimmer, and newly edited by David Keeffe - some minor errors have been corrected, a separate flugel part has been made, and Mozart's timpani have been reinstated.
  • Rimmer's own "Irresistible", newly typeset with a full score and separate flugel part, trombones now in treble clef and clearer articulations and dynamics

Please contact us if you're interested. The music will be supplied in printable PDF format.


I have a publisher

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I've had three works (with more to follow I hope) accepted for publication by Wirripang, who specialise in Australian composers. As you can imagine, I'm very pleased by this, especially as they use an anonymous peer review process to decide on whether to sign a composer or not. There are some illustrious Australian names in their list (Colin Brumby, Houston Dunleavy and Margaret Sutherland to name just three), so it's nice to bask in a bit of reflected glory.

The three initial works to be published by them are:

  • Four Haiku - a song cycle for high/medium voice and piano
  • Lazarus in Ilium - for wind quintet and piano
  • The Undone Years (Fire) - for tenor sax, strings, piano and timpani

This means that the Lulu score of 'the Undone Years' will be withdrawn. I mentioned in an earlier post that while I was abandoning the on-line store, and making scores more readily available, acceptance of works by a publisher would mean you would have to go to them.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 August 2011 12:34

Experimenting with Lulu

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With the upcoming premieres of "the Undone Years" I thought I'd try out lulu.com for print-on-demand copies of the score.

If you click this link you'll be taken to the Lulu page for the printed score.

There's also a download option, but soon you'll also be able to download PDF from this site at no charge.


Last Updated on Saturday, 19 February 2011 11:49

Score for Aubade for Flute and Piano

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I wrote "Aubade" in the 1970s and was very pleased with the result. However, I thought I'd lost the score forever. Searches at home and elsewhere yielded nothing.

But last Saturday (12th Feb), looking for the music to a different piece, I found my original working! I've started typesetting it and it'll appear here soon.


Last Updated on Saturday, 19 February 2011 12:09