A.M.Bauld was born in 1944 in Sydney and has created a professional life from her dual passions for music and theatre. A piano student of Alexander Sverjensky at the Conservatorium of NSW, she later studied acting at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, subsequently touring in Shakespearian productions for a year before completing a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Sydney.
She came to England on a university scholarship in 1969 and after studying composition in her first two years in London with Elisabeth Lutyens and Hans Keller, completed a doctorate at the University of York in 1974.
Her music, almost all of a theatrical genre, has won international prizes and is regularly performed in concerts and broadcasts throughout Europe, the USA and Australia.
'A theatrical background has shared centre stage with her musicianship in informing her writing style . . .
Bauld has instilled her vocal music with a dramatic flare uncommon among other contemporary song writers.' Joyce Andrews, Journal of Singing, USA, Vol. 60, No 1, 2003.
Compositions include an opera, Nell, commissioned and performed by Midsummer Opera at the Donmar Warehouse in 1987, a BBC choral commission, Van Diemen's Land, and a multi-track broadcast of a dramatic scena from Shakespeare's Richard III with the Arditti String Quartet and the composer as narrator. This was later adapted as Farewell Already and recorded on NMC by Jane Manning with her Minstrels in 1995.
Other frequently performed dramatic scenas with Shakespearian settings are Banquo's Buried for soprano and piano and Where Should Othello Go for tenor/baritone and piano, while settings for piano and voice with texts from Macbeth, The Tempest, Anthony and Cleopatra, Henry VI Part 3 and Merchant of Venice, were staged in a concert of her vocal music given by the Australian soprano, Helen Noonan in Melbourne, 2003.
A three volume piano tutor, Play Your Way, was published by Novello in 1992 in which she explored the credo that mistakes can be used as a creative tool in musical development. More recent works include Pluto, which was a music theatre commission by the Spitalfield's Festival for the same vocal and instrumental forces as Holst's Planets and the song, No More of Love, for soprano and piano for inclusion in her novel, Mozart's Sister, newly published by Alcina Press. She regularly makes posts to a blog as Nannerl Mozart in diary form, its contents reflecting the novel's qualities of style and period.
For a list of works & recordings, please visit the website of the Australian Music Centre Library in Sydney.Further information on Alison Bauld can be found on the Chester Music and Novello & Co website.
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