This is the website of Alison Bauld, the composer and writer whose first novel, Mozart's Sister, was published in Autumn 2005 by Alcina Press Please visit the www.alcinapress.com website for information on how to order copies and to see reviews.
Mozart's Sister stems from an article she wrote for The Independent newspaper on Nannerl Mozart, sister of Wolfgang Amadeus. It explores the life of an overlooked eighteenth century female of considerable musical gifts through marriage, children, widowhood and death in conversations with Franz Xaver, Mozart's younger son. Interwoven is a fictional account of what may have happened to Mozart's body - a story with subplots ingeniously constructed from the few known facts, including a cameo appearance by the music publisher,Vincent Novello and his wife, who brought her monies from her English admirers in the last year of her life. Australian publication of the book is by Port Campbell Press, (September 2006).
Mozart's Sister also has a blog in the form of a fictional diary by Nannerl Mozart with regular posts which can be visited by clicking here . The diary is broadcast in weekly episodes narrated by Bauld throughout 2006 on the ABC Radio National's, The Music Show. Two songs in the form of dramatic scenas have been composed for a soiree presentation of this diary at Australia House, 7th December, 2006 in aid of the Tait Memorial Trust. 'No More of Love,' the song which is also included in the published novel, will be sung by Sally Burgess, mezzo soprano with pianist, Piers Lane in a programme that contains a mixture of works by Mozart and Bauld.
Alison Bauld was born in 1944 in Sydney. 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, she completed a doctorate in composition 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.
Music theatre compositions include an opera, Nell, commissioned and performed by Midsummer Opera at the Donmar Warehouse in 1987 and a multi-track broadcast for the BBC of a dramatic scena from Shakespeare's Richard III with the Arditti String Quartet and with the composer as narrator. This was later adapted as Farewell Already and recorded on NMC by Jane Manning with her Minstrels in 1995. Pluto, performed by the same ensemble, was a millenium commission by the Spitalfield's Festival for the vocal and instrumental forces of Holst's Planets and most recently, a song for soprano and piano, No More of Love, was written for inclusion in her novel, Mozart's Sister. An interest in music education led to a Novello commission to write a three volume piano tutor, Play Your Way, in which she explores the credo that mistakes can be used as a creative tool in musical development.
Bauld has composed a brace of dramatic scenas with Shakespearian settings of which Banquo's Buried for soprano and piano and Where Should Othello Go for tenor/baritone and piano are her most performed. Recent settings for piano and voice include further texts from Macbeth, The Tempest, Anthony and Cleopatra, Henry VI Part 3 and Merchant of Venice, all of which were staged in a concert of her vocal music given by the Australian soprano, Helen Noonan in Melbourne, 2003.
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.