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Music of Don Kay

Works for piano, flute, and cello. Of the six works, four have been composed for the performers on this CD, including the three piano sonatas, which receive their premiere performances.

For too long Kay has been under-rated and rather marginalised as ‘a Tasmanian composer’, as if being associated with the island state somehow automatically conveys a sense of second-class citizenship.

To be sure, he was born there and has spent all but 15 of his 77 years living and working there; yet not only has he produced an enviable output of works encompassing all the principal media – three symphonies, four concertos, two one-act operas, six string quartets, choral works, song cycles, chamber music, solo piano works, music for theatre and film – but also it is precisely because of his constant exposure and profound response to the Tasmanian environment that he has been able to achieve a sonic and emotional distinctiveness in his music.


Don Kay

Don Kay has composed much music for professional individuals, ensembles, young performers, amateur groups, theatre, concert and public occasions. Over time his music has increasingly resulted from response to the Tasmanian landscape, ecology and history.

Press quotes

“This is a very enjoyable collection of chamber pieces that will whet your appetite to hear other of [sic] Don Kay's works”

— Anton Linden Jones, Music Forum Magazine

“This may come as a shock to classical music lovers, but Don Kay is still alive and composing in Hobart, Tasmania. ... Originally recorded in 2007, this is a real boon for lovers of modern, simple, easy listening music.”

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— Kate Rockstrom, Readings Carlton

Audio previews

Track Listing

  1. Piano Sonata 2 Don Kay 15:42
  2. Hastings Triptych Don Kay

  3. Hastings Bay 5:57
  4. The Caves 5:50
  5. Lune River 3:49
  6. Piano Sonata 3 Don Kay 12:45
  7. Sonata for Cello and Piano Don Kay

  8. Con energia 7:27
  9. Con vivezza 3:10
  10. Con sensibilità 6:31
  11. Con agilità 4:14
  12. Piano Sonata 4 Don Kay 6:09
  13. Scherzando for 2 pianos Don Kay 4:46


Where to buy

Music of Don Kay is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Apple Music.

Music of Don Kay is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

Move CDs can be ordered through music retailers across Australia including Readings.

Product details

The production of this recording has been made possible by a grant from Arts Tasmania.

List price
$25.00 AUD
Total playing time
76 minutes 20 seconds
Elspeth Vaughan
Leigh Hobba
Martin Wright
Martin Wright
Recital Hall at the University of Tasmania
Thanks to
Arts Tasmania
Release date
© 2011 Move Records
℗ 2011 Move Records
Australian, Classical
Catalogue number
MD 3345
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574334524