Mary Mageau (1934–2020) — Three Pieces for Organ (1967)
1) Prelude (Hommage à Landini)
Mary Mageau (1934–2020) was an American-born composer who immigrated to Australia in 1974. She was educated at DePaul University and the University of Michigan where her teachers included Leon Stein, Leslie Bassett, and Ross Lee Finney. Mageau was a member of the Duluth Benedictines at St. Scholastica Priory before leaving the order to move to Australia for accept a guest lectureship. During her years as a nun, she also composed the soundtrack to the 1967 film “Alleluia.” A very active career as a composer and pianist/harpsichordist in Australia led to numerous commissions and a large catalog of musical works in every genre including symphony orchestra (a particular focus), chorus, ballet, theater, chamber/solo instrumental, and voice. Mageau received commissions from Musica Viva, the Queensland Philharmonic, the Australian Broadcasting Company, the Strathfield Symphony Orchestra, and the Australia Council. Through Musica Viva’s commissioning program, Italy’s Trio di Milano and Hungary’s Auer String Quartet have performed her chamber music. International orchestras have played and recorded her works including the Hartford, Duluth, Des Moines, and Minnesota Orchestras in the USA, and Europe’s Slovak and Polish Radio Symphony Orchestras. In 2006, Mageau retired entirely from music composition to focus on activities as a writer and nature photographer. She wrote and published poems, historical novels, short stories, and several books on spirituality (including several works on chakra meditation). Her photography activities focused on the landscape and islands of Australia.
Published by World Library Publications (out-of-print)