Marshall-Hall Symphony

In this first-ever recording of Marshall-Hall symphonies, Melbourne University Professor of Music Warren Bebbington, conducts the Queensland Theatre Orchestra.

G.W.L. Marshall-Hall (1862-1915) was one of Australia's first composers of significance and was described as a "picturesque and powerful influential personality in Australian intellectual life". He dedicated the 'Symphony in Eb' to his "friends and comrades under the Southern Cross", Streeton and Roberts, whom he often associated with at Heidelberg.

Exuberant and rich in orchestral colour with strong thematic ideas, this lively and passionate music breathes the spirit of romanticism, with its Brahmsian instrumental voicing and Wagnerian wind instrumentation. In this historical, first-ever recording of Marshall-Hall symphonies, Melbourne University Professor of Music Warren Bebbington conducts the Queensland Theatre Orchestra. CD notes include an historical essay about Marshall-Hall by Suzanne Robinson.


Queensland Theatre Orchestra

The Queensland Theatre Orchestra has now combined with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra to create The Queensland Orchestra.

Press quotes

“Marshall Hall, a charismatic and eccentric figure who founded (Melbourne's) first orchestra. The lively symphony, reminiscent of Brahms and Schumann, deserves better than its long obscurity, and Bebbington gives a warm and persuasive account, apparently the first since 1907.”

— Barney Zwartz, The Age

“An excellent glimpse of the music and personality of one of the first significant composers in Australia.”

— David Stybr, USA,

“The Queensland orchestra displays enthusiasm and provides a guide to the many delights of an eminently enjoyable symphony.”

— David Denton, Yorkshire Post, UK

“The Symphony in E Flat breathes the spirit of romanticism ... the slow movement particularly reflecting the Australian outback.”

The Sunday Mail

“clear orchestration and expressive harmonies ... attractive ... an enjoyable recording”

— Arthur Baker, FMRS Bulletin, UK

“It's all very listenable, and Move Records deserves credit for letting us hear it.”

— Bill Marsh, The Delian, USA

Audio preview

Track Listing

    Symphony in E♭ G.W.L Marshall-Hall

  1. Vivace 13:48
  2. Largamento 9:58
  3. Allegro con spirito 12:18
  4. Symphony in C Minor Adagio G.W.L Marshall-Hall 10:04



G.W.L Marshall-Hall

George William Louis Marshall-Hall was Melbourne's most important musical pioneer, and one of Australia's first composers of significance. He has composed over 50 works, including operas, symphonies, overtures, string quartets and songs, and through his teaching and conducting laid the foundations of much of Melbourne's present-day musical life.

Where to buy

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Marshall-Hall Symphony is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

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Product details

This recording project has been assisted by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

List price
$25.00 AUD
Total playing time
46 minutes 8 seconds
Peter Freeman
Martin Wright
Mayne Hall University of Queensland
Thanks to
Australia Council
University of Queensland
Release date
© 1995 Move Records
℗ 1995 Move Records
Australian, Classical, Orchestral
Catalogue number
MD 3081
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574308129