Composer / Writer
Marguerite Boland is a composer and writer. Her compositions take their impetus from encounters with people and places. She writes music in response to the moment, and to the extraordinary skill and creative ability of performers she comes into contact with. Most of all she enjoys the collaborative process. Her musical style draws on influences from 20th century modernism, soundscapes and early music.
Recent performances include The Astra Choir's premiere of 'Ave Maria!' for 10-part a capella choir (2016); a tape piece 'Childplay' released on the Melbourne 60x60 Project CD (2015); Joanne Sauder's inclusion of two of her recorder pieces in her collaboration with Shiung Low's exhibition in the Convent's Magdelen Laundries (2014); MSO clarinetist Craig Hill's performance of 'Ètudes Mallalieu' for solo clarinet (2014); and pianist Michael Kieren Harvey's recording of 'Two Miniatures' for solo piano on Move Records (2013).
Marguerite also writes about music. In addition to a range of music articles and reviews, the music of American composer Elliott Carter (1908-2012) and the music of the little know German-American composer Johanna Beyer (1888-1944) are the subject of much of her writing. In 2012 Cambridge University Press published 'Elliott Carter Studies', which Marguerite co-edited with John Link and to which she contributed. She is also co-editor of the online journal Elliott Carter Studies Online.