Margaret Brandman

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"The music of Margaret Brandman, an Australian composer born in 1951 and also famous as a pedagogue, is a continuous celebration of life, nature, and hope for a better future"


In a career of over 50 years, award-winning composer, pianist, and recording artist Margaret Brandman has followed her passion to create appealing music with strong melodic content, sensitive harmonies, and rhythmic ingenuity. Her output includes works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, choir, solo voice, and solo instruments, composed across a wide range of genres from Contemporary Classical to Jazz and Latin-American. 

Brandman’s internationally acclaimed works are regularly performed in concert and have been released on several albums that receive regular airplay on Australia’s ABC Classic FM, and international radio stations including WCNY, New York.

SENSATIONS – Wind, Waves, Birds, and Fire (NV6041) features her celebrated works for orchestral and chamber ensembles recorded by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra and includes the Artemis Film Festival 2019 award-winning work Firestorm Symphony and the composer’s own performance of her solo piano work Autumn Rhapsody. 

“The music of Margaret Brandman… is a continuous celebration of life, of nature, and hope for a better future. The ingredients of this musical palette are persuasive and clear melodic lines, clear and sunny harmonies, a steady rhythmic energy that sometimes draws on syncopated accents of jazz and South American music, an orchestration clear and bright. Both in orchestral compositions as in chamber pieces one can appreciate the organic fluidity of notes and phrases which run and chase each other, the tensions that are created and then resolved: metaphor of Nature, of its variety and harmony, in the highest musical sense.” — Kathodik

POLARITIES VOL. 2 (NV6353) presents her 2021 Artemis Film Festival award-winning orchestral work Spirit Visions, recorded by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, as the opening track on this multi-composer album. 

“With a distinctive Hollywood flavour incorporating a Latin-American flair, this work won for Ms Brandman the ‘Best Foreign Composition’ in the Artemis Women in Action Film Festival in Los Angeles (2021). Ms Brandman has made a real impact in this style of composition and through recordings and performances has secured an international following.” — Barry Walmsley, MTA NSW Studio magazine 

COSMIC WHEEL OF THE ZODIAC (NV6160) a song cycle of 12 songs, one for each astrological sign, composed to the lyrics of Astropoet Benita Rainer, was performed in concert and recorded by the Prague Mixed Chamber Choir in 2017. Instrumental versions of several songs from this cycle, arranged for violin, cello, and flute, have been recorded for other albums, including her album of works for cello – Binna Burra Dreaming.

“Margaret Brandman writes gracefully for the voice and her music is always appealing and welcoming, displaying a variety of compositional techniques to suit each of the 12 astrological signs….The Cosmic Wheel concept is certainly a stimulating idea and well realised.” — Colin Clarke, Fanfare

ABRAZO (AR0001) PARMA Recordings’ multi-composer album on the Ansonica Records, recorded in Cuba in 2015, showcases her jazzy Warm Winds in Havana suite for saxophone quartet and percussion performed by the Javier Zalba quartet. 

“The music is melodious and intricate, beautifully played… pieces straddle that indefinable line between jazz and contemporary classical / new music.” — Jane Mann, London Jazz News 2017

Binna Burra Dreaming (amb 201) is “a pure delight to listen to,” wrote Fine Music magazine reviewer Paul Cooke in regards to this album of works for cello with piano that debuted as No. 1 on the Australian Classical and Classical/Crossover ARIA Charts in 2023.

“Ariel Volovelsky’s sensitive and expressive interpretations work in perfect synergy with composer Margaret Brandman’s subtle performances of her interwoven piano lines to create a sublime listening experience.” — Marilyn Schock, Presenter Fine Music 102.5 FM


Symphonic Chronicles Vol II

Release Date: January 5, 2024
Catalog Number: NV6584
21st Century
Hailed by critics as a “descriptive and evocative” collection of contemporary classical music, the SYMPHONIC CHRONICLES series returns with a brand new roster of celebrated composers from a wide variety of backgrounds and influences. Anthony Wilson’s Númenor examines the sudden shifts in society that can bring us from peace to turmoil, while Octavian Nemescu’s The Inner Staircase courageously confronts forces of tyranny. In contrast, Stearns Wharf by Michael Roush follows the journey of two lovers in an impassioned pas de deux, while Margaret Brandman’s Gentle Summer Rain comments on the ethereal beauty found in juxtaposing aspects of nature. With performances by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava, Brno Contemporary Orchestra, and Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, SYMPHONIC CHRONICLES VOL II offers listeners a variegated palette of new music.

Polarities Vol. 2

Release Date: June 25, 2021
Catalog Number: NV6353
21st Century
String Orchestra
From yin and yang to public debate, much in the world revolves around opposing forces. POLARITIES VOL. 2, an album of new presentations in classical music, documents the intricacies of these forces, expressing the emotions, sensations, and scenes associated with the extreme ends of conversation and change.

Cosmic Wheel of the Zodiac

Release Date: May 11, 2018
Catalog Number: NV6160
21st Century
Vocal Music
So many of us wonder about the big picture questions in life. Why are we here? What is the best I can do in my lifetime? COSMIC WHEEL OF THE ZODIAC, with lyrics by astrologer Benita Rainer, presents a cosmic rumination for meditation upon these great questions. These songs guide you through the labyrinth of the Cosmos, which, as perfectly attested to in “As above, so below,” is also the labyrinth of your mind; as what is without has its genesis in what is within.

Sensations – Wind, Waves, Birds & Fire

Release Date: May 13, 2016
Catalog Number: NV6041
21st Century
String Orchestra
Australian composer, music educator, and pianist Margaret Brandman presents her debut Navona release SENSATIONS, featuring several of her celebrated compositions, each one presenting a unique musical experience and sensation. The Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra skilfully performs the orchestral portion, opening with the joyful Love Brings Change (Adagio for Strings). Pianist Lucie Kaucká joins the orchestra for Lyric Fantasy, an emotional and accessible two-movement work with contrasting moods for piano and strings.

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