BIOGRAPHY
  &
OPUS LIST

As a composer and arts journalist for several publications in Australia, music and the arts run through my veins.

Music cast its spell on me as a child. The first instrument I played (notice I said played, not taught to play) was the flute.

 

Over the years I have played, the guitar, the trumpet, the violin, the piano and the recorder. I have had many teachers for most of these instruments, and composition and orchestration, but I am largely self-taught.

Arriving into my teens during the early 1970s had a major influence on the music I listened to and wrote, especially progressive rock, which led to bigger things. I moved on to “classical” music at 18, when I bought my first piano.

Film and post-classical music are where my strength and heart is today, although, jazz and baroque music have a strong pull on me. I like to think all four of these styles can be heard in my compositions now.

The orchestra is the goal for a lot of composers. The sound colours, the shape of the music it can create, and the dynamic of the orchestra cannot be matched, in my opinion.

 

The orchestra offers the composer a limitless range of expression techniques, and that’s what music is about for me.

Music is the most empathetic form of communication I know to express to another person what it feels like to be alive.

Rob J Kennedy Opus List

Pre-Opus 1980s Orchestral music
4 x Symphonies 
Symphony No 1 titled The Sydney
Symphony No2
Symphony No 3
Symphony No 4 titled One it’s in one movement

The Haunted Abby
Home
St Claire Suite
The Highwayman after Alfred Noyes poem of the same name – Entered into Paul Lowin Award 1990s
John Franklin Suite in 4 movements
The Death around me for Violin and Orchestra
Concerto for Piano and Stings
The Allies 
The Potsdam Treaty
Symphonic Poem (Opus 25) Faith
Nelson 
Hundreds of piano pieces also created in the 1980s and 1990s. Almost all this music I still have on Floppy Discs, which were built in the Notator Program by C-Labs on an Atari.


Pre-Opus Albums — Jazz, Progressive, Light Classical, Piano

Far from another Day
1. A James Bond love and fear scene 01:24    
2. A Bumpy Ride 01:58    
3. A Mysterious Joy 02:19    
4. Far from another day 01:29    
5. That's not Jazz 01:59    
6. A Sad Happy Day 02:42    
7. Michael Nyman chasing Philip Glass 02:26    
8. Far Out at Sea 01:42    
9. Ode to Prokofiev 00:57

Post Classical in B&W
1. In 1984 04:17    
2. Portrait 01:34    
3. Susan's Song 02:01    
4. That's not Scottish 00:53    
5. On the Beach 01:40    
6. Dance 13 01:23    
7. Classical what? 01:31

On Drugs
This music was composed for a DiVerse poetry performance at the Crime and Justice Museum in Sydney, titled, Drugs: A social History. 59:40

Into the Cosmos
This music was composed for a DiVerse poetry performance at Sydney Observatory titled A Journey into the Cosmos.  1:04.5

More than Jazz
1. Reflection in a River 02:37    
2. Looking out into Space 03:06    
3. Journey through an art gallery 02:37    
4. That Bogart Walk 01:32    
5. On any slow day 01:49    
6. Mari's Song 01:28    
7. Rob's Happy Song 01:28    
8. Life's not like this 02:48    
9. Times Like These 01:33    
10. On any slow day – arranged

I am as you know me
1. Where we both are 02:08    
2. Home 01:56    
3. I am as you know me 01:43    
4. The harpsichord is missing 00:40    
5. The harpsichord is not missing 00:43    
6. Dark Earth? 02:05    
7. What you sound like 02:45    
8. Watching a river run 01:52    
9. Where we both are - arranged 02:12    
10. The song that's at the end of this album 01:34

City Life
1. Walk the Streets in the Rain 04:19    
2. Airport to Airport 03:35    
3. Lunch at my local cafe 03:57    
4. A Lonely City 01:57    
5. A Dangerous City 03:29    
6. Watching a fantasy film 01:32    
7. Late night Love in the City 04:01    
8. Bad Dream of the City 03:45    
9. I can almost see the Stars 04:45    
10 Awake till Dawn 03:04

Songs of the Madman
1. I Seek God 02:00    
2. What have I found 02:01    
3. Call me Mad 02:05    
4. Into the Midst 03:29    
5. The Godhead 02:40    
6. Transcendental Madness 04:24    
7. Walk the City 02:49    
8. One Honest Man 02:46    
9. A Passionate Reason 02:20    
10. Into Solitude 02:20    
11. God is Dead 02:53    
12. A Silent Earth 03:04

From the Beginning to the End
1. The Beginning 03:33    
2. After the Beginning 03:15    
3. Before the Middle 03:33    
4. The Middle 03:21    
5. After the Middle 03:27    
6. Before the End 03:31    
7. The End 03:27

Nepal
1. In the Garden of Dreams 03:04    
2. Colourful Kathmandu 02:19    
3. Spinning the Prayer Wheels 02:32    
4. Journey to Nargarkot 02:31    
5. Moonlight over Taudaha Lake 02:27    
6. In the Temple 02:14    
7. Floating in Meditation 03:14    
8. Echoes of Pokhara 02:28    
9. The Mountains Transfix 01:51    
10. Trekking 02:04    
11. Song around the Campfire 01:07    
12. Alpine Forest Rain 01:59    
13. Looking at the Peak 01:24    
14. End Titles 01:32

— Emily
1. Early Life 02:45    
2. Religious Influence 02:16    
3. Adulthood and Seclusion 03:14    
4. Is my verse alive? 03:17    
5. The Woman in White 03:09    
6. News of the War 02:19    
7. Posies and Poesies 04:31    
8. The Heart asks Pleasure - first 03:02    
9. Later in Life 02:11    
10. Decline and Death 02:50    
11. A New Life 03:28


Neither Gods nor Fate
1. The Light 03:10    
2. Saturday Evening 05:09    
3. Inside the machine 05:50    
4. Something you said 04:39    
5. Another Landscape 08:03    
6. Which Star are you 06:20    
7. The Good Life 03:31

 

Thrown into the World
1. Opening and Birth 01:32    
2. The Lonely World 03:30    
3. Finding Freedom 02:43    
4. Alone in Myself 03:04    
5. Rolling along to Life 03:52    
6. Words filling my mind 02:11    
7. Trapped or Free? 04:24    
8. Life through a Mirror 02:25    
9. Throwing love away 02:45    
10. Ending and Death 00:59

12 Reasons to Cry
1. La muerte del amor (The Death of Love) 03:06    
2. The Haunted Piano 02:36    
3. Three Part Invention in F# minor 03:25    
4. The Broken Chords 02:37    
5. Dying in the Cannonfields 02:46    
6. The Dance 03:26    
7. Down Here 02:09    
8. Rainy Day Piano Upstairs 06:01    
9. You're Gone 03:15

Sound on Sound
1. Night Falling 04:14    
2. Dancing by Myself 01:24    
3. Jump on Up 01:06    
4. Indonesian Inspiration 06:35    
5. The Trance 04:17    
6. Monster's Dance 01:30    
7. There you Go 02:48    
8. A Slow Walk in E minor 02:04    
9. A Journey Out There 03:5

Songs of The Madman (Remixed)
1. I Seek God 02:02    
2. What have I found 02:00    
3. Into the Midst 03:34    
4. Call me Mad 02:16    
5. The Godhead 02:40    
6. Transcendental Madness 04:24    
7. I Walk the City 02:49    
8. One Honest Man 02:42    
9. A Passionate Reason 02:20    
10. Into Solitude 02:20    
11. God is Dead 02:42    
12. A Silent Earth 03:01

Opus 1
Winters Nocturnes

1. Nocturne No 1 in C minor (Winter) 03:00    
2. Nocturne No in 2 B Major (Winters slow dance) 02:27    
3. Nocturne No 3 in E Major (Winter tears) 03:21    
4. Nocturne No 4 in F minor (Dead winter) 03:32    
5. Nocturne No 5 in G Major (A slow winters day) 04:01    
6. Nocturne No 6 in B Major (The last snow) 02:59    
7. Nocturne No 7 in D minor (The end of winter) 02:06

Opus 2 
Modern Baroque

1. Harpsichord Concerto in D minor 1st movement 3:00    
2. Miniature No 1 in F # Major 01:44    
3. Miniature No 2 in E minor 01:33    
4. Miniature No 3 in E minor 01:23    
5. Miniature No 4 in A Major 01:12    
6. Miniature No 5 in C# minor 01:08    
7. Miniature No 6 in C # minor 01:28    
8. Miniature No 7 In F # minor 01:26    
9. Suite in two parts for two Harpsichords in F # minor Part A 01:47    
10. Suite in two parts for two Harpsichords in F # minor Part B 01:17    
11. Modern Baroque No 1 in F# minor 01:45    
12. Modern Baroque No 2 in C# minor 01:27

Opus 3
Oboe Quintet in F# minor

1st Movement 4.15
2nd Movement 2.38
3rd Movement 2.26
4th Movement 3.22

 

Opus 4
The Great Barrier Reef Suite in E minor 15:07

Opus 5
1950s Sci Fi Suite

Don’t go near GF2 1:30
A woman? Are you serious? 1:30
I’ve had my molecules rearranged 2:00
Nothing ever goes wrong with my research 2:08
The Monster takes a breather 1:12
The Mad Scientist's Brain Ticks Over 1:27
In the Vortex 1:40
The Tower at Trollenberg 1:48
The Brain that Slowly Ate the World 2:10
The Creeping Unknown 1:36
Nothing Can Stop It 1:45
A Four Sided Triangle 2:00

Opus 6
Journeys

After the Exhibition Journeys at the Australian National Museum
Journey to Australia 2:27
Away from Home 2:24
An Overland Journey 1:54
Ochres 1:46
Shadow Puppets 2:21
Sunday Family Drive 2:27
To the Icy South 2:56
Edward Everitt's Toy Theatre 2:29
Step across the Interior 4:35
A boy who became the Moon 2:25

Opus 7 No 1
A drowning Bee — Rescued 4:12

Opus 7 No 2
Dreams - Trio for Piano, Cello and Oboe

Piano Cello and Oboe Trio 1st movement 02:43    
Piano Cello and Oboe Trio 2nd movement 02:43    
Piano Cello and Oboe Trio 3rd movement 02:14    
Piano Cello and Oboe Trio 4th movement 01:36


Opus 8 No 1
String Concerto No 2 E Major

Dedicated to my mother
1st movement 3.34
2nd movement 2.14
3rd movement 3.37

Opus 8 No 2
Dedicated to my father
String Concerto No 3 B minor

1st movement 2.12
2nd movement 2.51
3rd movement 2.12

Opus 9 No 1
One by One - Six canons for string sextet

Canon I 02:38    
Canon II 02:34    
Canon III 02:05    
Canon IV 02:43    
Canon V 03:00    
Canon VI 01:49


Opus 9 No 2
After the painting Blue Poles by Jackson Pollock
8 Blue Poles - Octet in eight parts

Blue Poles No 1 B minor 01:04    
Blue Poles No 2 C Major 01:27    
Blue Poles No 3 A minor 01:47    
Blue Poles No 4 G Major 01:14    
Blue Poles No 5 D Major 01:54    
Blue Poles No 6 C minor 01:42    
Blue Poles No 7 E minor 02:08    
Blue Poles No 8 F Major 01:58

Opus 10
12 Signs of the Zodiac
1.
Aires - The Ram 03:32    
Taurus - The Bull 03:05    
Gemini - The Twins 02:26    
Cancer - The Crab 03:00    
Leo - The Lion 02:39    
Virgo - The Virgin 05:13    
Libra - The Scales 04:06    
Scorpio - The Scorpion 03:32    
Sagittarius - The Centaur 04:13    
Capricorn - The Goat 04:21    
Aquarius - The Water Bearer 04:59    
Pisces - The Fish 04:29

Opus 11
ID – Identity Dance piece 30:00
Strings, percussion and acoustic guitar

Opus 12
Strings & Other Things    

String Quartet No. 3 Bb minor 1st movement 03:02    
String Quartet No. 3 Bb minor 2nd movement 02:57    
String Quartet No. 3 Bb minor 3rd movement 03:15    
String Quartet No. 3 Bb minor 4th movement 03:09
String Quartet No 2 - 1 02:37    
String Quartet No 2 - 2 02:32    
String Quartet No 2 - 3 03:00    
String Quartet No 2 - 4 02:28    
Oboe Quintet 1 - 1 04:18    
Oboe Quintet 1 - 2 02:42    
Oboe Quintet 1 - 3 02:31    
Oboe Quintet 1 - 4 03:26


Opus 13 No 1
Calm Waters 

Recorder Duets and Chamber Music for Piano and Flute
Sad Folk 1 00:56
Sad Folk 2 01:12
Sad Folk 3 01:06    
Sad Folk 4 01:16    
Sad Folk 5 01:22    
Sad Folk 6 00:56    
Sad Folk 7 01:18    
Chamber Music 1 01:18    
Chamber Music 2 02:04    
Chamber Music 3 01:01    
Chamber Music 4 01:06    
Chamber Music 5 01:14    
Chamber Music 6 00:55    
Chamber Music 7 00:40

Opus 13 No 2
Spell
Recorder Music 
   
Recorder Quartet No 1 E minor - part one 02:01    
Recorder Quartet No 1 E minor - part two 01:45    
Recorder Quartet No 1 E minor - part three 01:38    
Recorder Quartet No 1 E minor - part four 01:44    
Old Song 1 for Alto Recorder 02:11    
Old Song 2 for Alto Recorder 01:45    
Old Song 3 for Alto Recorder 01:36    
Old Song 4 for Alto Recorder 01:30    
A Four Sided Triangle 02:10