Cootamundra Music was established by Malcolm Tattersall in 1982, primarily to publish and sell his own music. For the next ten years it was part of a co-operative arrangement with other self-published Australasian composers for recorder but Malcolm's move from Melbourne to Townsville made this impractical and since 1998 Cootamundra has again been a single-composer publisher.
All Cootamundra Music publications are computer-set and printed on heavy-weight bond paper. Click here to see a sample page.
Malcolm's debut CD appeared under the Cootamundra name in 2002 and music for woodwind ensemble or junior concert band was added in 2003.
More Australian music for recorders
Since 1999, Orpheus Music has published several of Malcolm's compositions for recorders and one collection of consort arrangements (details are here). Some of his scores were available for a few years from SibeliusMusic.com; that site has closed but details are here and scores can be ordered via email.
All of the other composers whose work was available through Cootamundra Music are still active in one way or another:
- Lance Eccles is now published by Orpheus.
- Suzanne Palmer-Holton and Peter Madge have continued to self-publish. Contact Suzanne at http://www.palmerholtonmusic.com/ and Peter at 27 Hilary Ave, McCrae, Victoria 3938, Australia.
- Both Cenarth Fox and John Rimmer are still writing and both still have recorder music in their catalogues, but their main interests are plays for schools and music for orchestral instruments, respectively. See http://www.labyrinth.net.au/~foxplays/ and http://composers21.com/compdocs/rimmerj.htm.
Resources for Recorder Players and Teachers
Malcolm Tattersall Home: CD reviews, book reviews and more, including these articles:
- Using Recorders in Schools
- A review of Playing Recorder Sonatas by Anthony Rowland Jones.
- A guide to One-volume References for Recorder Players.
- Links to other Australasian societies and individual players.
Cootamundra wattle is a small tree native to south-eastern Australia. It has attractive grey-green feathery foliage year round and is covered by masses of small round flowers in late winter. It is hardy and prolific, to the point of being regarded as a weed in some areas. For more botanical detail, see http://www.anbg.gov.au/acacia/species/A-baileyana.html