Smalley, Roger

Composer and pianist Roger Smalley was born near Manchester, England, in 1943 and emigrated to Australia in the mid 1970s. His compositions, commissioned by prestigious organisations and groups - from the BBC and London Sinfonietta to the ABC and Australian Chamber Orchestra - have been performed and broadcast world-wide. His compositions and performances have been released on numerous CDs, and he has won awards both as composer and pianist: his own performance of his Piano Concerto was the recommended work in the UNESCO Composers' Rostrum in 1987. Roger Smalley's career as an academic has been closely tied to his activities as a composer and performer: his move from the UK to Australia was the result of a short composer residency at the University of Western Australia. After a significant academic career at the University of Western Australia, Roger Smalley now lives and works in Sydney
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From romantic rhetoric to tangos, with influences ranging from Bartok to Serbian brass bands, this disc features 18 of White's 130-plus piano sonatas and reflects the wildly individual and eclectic style of this prolific composer.


"Expressively deadpan, frequently droll, occasionally daft, John White's music is impervious to categorisation, and insidiously enjoyable"

Hi Fi News & Record Review 1997


Recording date: January and May 1996

Recording venue: Studio 620, ABC, Perth, Australia

Engineer: Karl Akers 
Producer: Cathie Travers 
Editing & mastering: James Hewgill

Cover image: Francois Hall

(P) 1996 NMC Recordings Ltd

Catalogue number:
NMC D038
Release Date:
1 May 1997