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The Sparrow and the Mead Hall

Composed and (mostly) performed by Michael Kieran Harvey these works range in style from the extended techniques and rarefied atmosphere of Piano Sonata #7 to the more traditional romanticism of Liszt and Busoni in the Four Ballades, to the entertaining bebop language of Lawyers… and the strident metal-influenced satire of Death Cap Mushroom.


Michael Kieran Harvey

Australian pianist and composer, Dr Michael Kieran Harvey FAHA, is one of the foremost interpreters of contemporary piano music of his generation. A champion of Australian music and himself a composer, he regularly commissions new Australian music and has performed with Australia's leading contemporary music ensembles and orchestras.

Theodore Pike

Theo plays keyboards on the premiere recording of Michael Kieran Harvey's "Death Cap Mushroom" which is part of The Sparrow and the Mead Hall album.

Alex Bull

Alex plays drums on the premiere recording of Michael Kieran Harvey's "Death Cap Mushroom" which is part of The Sparrow and the Mead Hall album.

Press quote

“... remarkable music-making of high quality ... the fecundity of this composer’s imagination is on display in a technical display that shows no breaks, no cracks in development.”

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— Clive O'Connell, O'Connell the Music

Track Listing

    Four Ballades for Piano (2021) Michael Kieran Harvey

  1. Stark
  2. Implacable
  3. Quasi fantasia
  4. Fast
  5. Piano Sonata #7: “The Sparrow and the Mead Hall” (2021) Michael Kieran Harvey

  6. I. Non fui (Misterioso)
  7. II. Fui (Ansioso)
  8. III. Non sum (Free, atmospheric)
  9. IV. Non curo (Distaccato)
  10. Lawyers Are Lovely Misunderstood People and We Should All Be Much Kinder to Them for Piano (2021) Michael Kieran Harvey
  11. Death Cap Mushroom (2021) Michael Kieran Harvey



Concrete poetry

Arjun von Caemmerer

Dr Arjun von Caemmerer is a Hobart-based general medical practitioner, Iyengar Yoga teacher/practitioner and writer. In 1995 (with Naomi Cameron) he established The Hobart School of Iyengar Yoga.

Where to buy

The Sparrow and the Mead Hall 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
Arjun von Caemmerer
Release date
December 2023
© 2023 Move Records
℗ 2023 Move Records
Catalogue number
MD 3471
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574347128