Martin Friedel in his study
Martin Friedel in his study with his piano and microscope.

The Study

Podcast No.1: Interview with Martin Friedel

by Craig Robertson

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Vale Martin

A great shock to learn of Martin's passing on 29 October, 2022. At just 77 far too young! So sad to lose an old and dear friend.


Podcast No.1: Martin Friedel (14.2 Mb mpeg4; 59 minutes)

Scientist and composer: Martin studied physics and chemistry and worked as a university administrator before taking the plunge into life as a freelance composer. He won an Emmy in 1999 for his score for the TV documentary Dragons of Eden. Science plays an important role in his composing, notably in a unique series of cantatas performed at a number of memorable Melbourne concerts; one concerned with spaceflight was on a rooftop in the city on a beautiful evening.
This interview © Copyright Martin Friedel & Craig Robertson, 2004
Music in this podcast includes extracts from:
Martin Friedel's String Quartet Nightpieces: Elizabeth Sellars - violin; Briar Goessi - violin; Jennifer Curl - viola; Roseanne Hunt - cello. First Performed Astra Concerts, Melbourne 1997; concert recording by Michael Hewes.

This podcast also includes my two regular themes:
Introduction and final announcements: Prelude from J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C, Book 1, BWV846, played by Ronald Farren-Price, from his album Reflections, courtesy of Move Records © 1993
Prelude to the section "In my study": a movement from G.F. Handel: Suite No. 5 in E major, played by Elizabeth Anderson on her album The Convict Harpsichordist, also courtesy of Move Records © 2003

In my study: notes on things in my study, my project table, the "Out of Africa" debate; see In my study No.1 (1.7 Mb; 3' 46"). See: The Discovery of the Hobbit by Mike Morwood and Penny van Oosterzee (Randon House Australia, 2007).

Martin Friedel: major works
South of North. International Music Theatre Workshop, Munich, 1986
Conversations Before The Silence. Astra Concerts 1990 (cantata)
Seduction of a General; The Heaven Machine. Seduction Opera 1992
Terra Infirma: Operatic Event for City Skyscraper. Seduction Opera 1994
The Third Planet. Astra Concerts 1995 (cantata)
Cities of the Mind. Astra Concerts 2002 (cantata)
Electric Songs. Astra Concerts 2005

All material, unless otherwise stated, is © Copyright Craig Robertson, 2007

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