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Diana Blom



Diana Blom, composer/pianist, was born in New Zealand and moved to Sydney in 1969. She studied music at the University of Canterbury (NZ), University of Sydney (MA composition; PhD minimal music) and the University of Michigan (musicology). Composition studies were with Peter Sculthorpe. Diana lived in Hong Kong and Malaysia for 8 years.

Diana has an interest in Australian and New Zealand writers and song settings have been released on the Wirripang CD Songs by Diana Blom. Diana has co-curated composition/performance/CD projects featuring Australian, New Zealand and European composers and performers: Childhood in Music – new music for solo piano; Shadows and Silhouettes – new music for solo piano with a Western-Chinese confluence; Antarctica – new music for piano and/or toy piano – all with Italian pianist/toy pianist Antonietta Loffredo; Playing with Fire, new music for live piano and electroacoustics with Ian Stevenson; Australia East and West, new music for viola and piano with Dawn Bennett; Multiple Keyboards – new music for pianos, toy pianos with Michael Hannan.

Scores and CDs are published by Wirripang Pty. Ltd., Orpheus Music and Wai-te-Ata Press. Music Composition Toolbox (Science Press), a co-authored composition textbook, is published by Science Press. Diana is Associate Professor of Music at Western Sydney University. Published research has focused on higher education music performance, the artist as academic, student popular songwriters, composing and preparing new music for performance.

Composed (67) tones...

for toy piano

After the Rain

for four pianos

Arcadelt's Bass

for recorder quartet, 6m

At the end of the world we learn to dance

for tenor and piano, 14m 30s


for recorder quartet, 3m

Biffo in the Toy Box

for toy piano and manual-wind music box

Binary Star (Alpha Centauri)

for flute, clarinet, toy piano, violin and cello

Braided River

for three midi pianos, 15m

Calder's Surprise

for two toy pianos, 2m 30s

Calling the Cows

for tenor trombone

Cat's Play

for toy piano, castanet, horn and bell


for high voice and piano, 1m

Cloud Studies

for solo piano, 10m

Cobweb Farm

for bass voice and piano, 1m 40s

Cool Grooves

for solo viola

Dance Set

for bass voice and piano, 4m 33s

Drawing Firewheels

For solo piano and toy piano (one player), 6m

Fearless Dreams

for clarinet, cello and piano

Five Green Songs

for voice, cello and piano, 17m 15s

For Now

for unaccompanied choir, 2m


for two pianos, 4m

Genji (the Shining Prince) and the Koto Player

for piano and violin, 8m 30s

Gong Agong

for piano and CD, 7m 10s

Heavenly Dance No. 1

for descant recorder and organ

Heavenly Dance No. 2

for descant recorder and organ

Into the Sun

for viola and piano, 13m

Japanese Knitting

for toy piano and three knitting needles

Lady Huang's Album

for double manual harpsichord

Lute and Flute

for treble recorder and cello, 6m 55s

Modern Tango

for piano, 5m

Modern Tango

for cello and piano, 5m

Out of Time

For unaccompanied choir, 1m

Playing with Fire

for live acoustic piano and CD soundbed, 6m

Portrait of America

for tenor and piano

Quiet Music I and II

for solo piano, 5m

Remembering Babylon

for tenor and piano, 14m

Remembrances Four

for soprano and piano

River Circles

for effects-processed multitrack harpsichord, 11m

Saron Study I

for toy piano and pre-recorded saron, 2m

Seven Rings of Saturn

for unaccompanied choir, 4m

Smoke and Mirrors

for tenor saxophone and marimba, 7m

Songs for Salome

for mezzo-soprano and piano, 8m 45s

Tango (September)

for piano, 5m 15s

Tango Waltz

for piano, 4m 44s

The Ballad of the Canterbury Pilgrims

for soprano, tenor, baritone and piano

The Blue Ice Cave

for piano and toy piano, 8m 30s

The Ca Tru Singer

for bassoon and piano/percussion, 7m 20s

The Cat's Meow

for piano and CD soundbed

The Dark, The Light

for voice and piano, 11m

The Green Man Dances

for piano duet, 2m 30s

The Library

for tenor and piano, 10m 30s

The Muffin Fiend

opera for children, 30m

The Night Ship

for solo piano, 4m 55s

The Sun Rising

for treble recorder and organ, 5m 5s

The Whale's Song

for cello and piano, 2m

Three Walter de la Mare Songs

for soprano and piano, 5m 14s

Three Water Ballads of Tim Malfroy

for voice and piano, 7m 50s

Through Shadows

for toy piano

Triptych (War Letters)

for soprano, mezzo-soprano and bass voices, viola, percussion and piano, 12m

Two Chinese Folk Songs

for piano duet, 5m 30s

Two Pieces for Flute and Piano

for flute and piano, 4m 30s

Violin Sonata - Newgrass Bluegrass

for violin and piano, 6m 50s

Waltzing with Elling

for viola and piano, 3m

Witches' Cauldron

for unspecified voices and unspecified drone, 2m

Resources (1)

Performances (1)

Music as Play

A festival and conference dedicated to music for the Toy Piano, comprising of a series of concert...