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Wordless Meanings

In the beginning, there was harmony - before anyone thought to ask the question "What sort of music do you play?" ... before everyone became too busy to stop and listen anyway ... before music became 'the music industry' ... harmony was lost in a cacophony of meaningless words.

Could it be too late then to imagine a new beginning?

Enter then the Raga Dolls, a Melbourne-based Salon quartet who perform the original compositions and arrangements of composer/violinist, David Osborne. Their music is performed in such a way as to make it accessible to people of all ages and musical persuasions.

Wordless Meanings is the Raga Dolls' debut album and on this special Move CD it contains two bonus tracks not previously available on the original (private) pressing - including a cabaret-style version of Schubert's lied Du Bist die Ruh.


Raga Dolls

Based in Melbourne, Raga Dolls play an unusual yet surprising coherent blend of styles all coming together loosely under the heading of 'Salon Music'.

Press quotes

“an eclectic repertoire peculiarly suited to and evocative of long summer evenings; of surreptitious flirtations, clinking champagne flutes and tinkling laughter ... arranged with ingenuity and panache.”

— John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald

“superbly crafted and presented”

— Tony Bates, 3WBC FM

“Entertaining and accessible music that should appeal”

New Classics, UK

“Very beautifully done ... delightful ... I was charmed by the arrangements and the effortlessly beautiful ensemble and tone quality.”

— Gary Higginson, MusicWeb UK

Audio previews

Track Listing

  1. A Waltz David Osborne 2:41
  2. At the Nest Tammy Rogers Don Heffington 3:07
  3. Black Orpheus Luiz Bonfá Antonio Maria 4:20
  4. Still Life David Osborne 3:44
  5. Destiny Sydney Baynes 7:02
  6. The Gadfly Romance Dmitri Shostakovich 2:41
  7. Left at Carlisle David Osborne 5:10
  8. Cavelleria Rusticana Intermezzo Pietro Mascagni 2:54
  9. Tango David Osborne 3:55
  10. Ständchen Franz Schubert 3:40
  11. Hungarian Dance no. 5 Johannes Brahms 3:32
  12. Meditation from Thaïs Jules Massenet 5:17
  13. Du Bist die Ruh Franz Schubert 3:47
  14. Another Tango David Osborne 3:36



David Osborne

A composer, band leader, violinist and confessed former rock guitarist, David Osborne is the driving force behind the Salon group Raga Dolls.

Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (25 September 1906 – 9 August 1975) was a Soviet Russian composer and one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century.

Franz Schubert

Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer. Today, Schubert is admired as one of the leading exponents of the early Romantic era in music and he remains one of the most frequently performed composers.

Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms (1833–1897) was a German composer and pianist, and one of the leading musicians of the Romantic period. In his lifetime, Brahms' popularity and influence were considerable; he is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the Three Bs.

Where to buy

Wordless Meanings is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Spotify and Apple Music.

Wordless Meanings 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

List price
$25.00 AUD
Total playing time
55 minutes 26 seconds
Release date
January 2001
© 2001 Raga Dolls
℗ 2001 Move Records
Australian, Classical, Cross-cultural, Folk music
Catalogue number
MD 3249
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574324921