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Trying to remember what I chose to forget

Works for violin, viola and cello, and piano by composer Frank Millward are an exploration of the way we choose to listen, process and subsequently remember.

The titles of the movements of these pieces express the emotional soundscapes of the explorer searching for landmarks and voices that speak of how and what we choose to remember. Memoire Omissions – the left unspoken; The Tangled Tango – the complications that blur remembering; Sadness to Madness – the tragedy and impact of forgetting; Contact; Connect; Tracer – three euphemisms used in remembering wars.

As a nation have we forgotten ‘The White Australia Policy’? A policy aimed at limiting non-white immigration to Australia. Its impact, by default, was to embed the binary of white and “other” in Australian and International memories. Terra Nullius, nobody’s land? It was as recent, as the 1967 referendum, that amendments to Section 51 and Section 127 of the Constitution finally acknowledged the existence of Indigenous peoples in Australia.

In the current political climate these are some of the things we should remember when voting for, “A Proposed Law: to alter the Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice”.


Graeme Jennings

Australian violinist, violist, conductor, improviser, educator, Graeme Jennings, is a former member of the legendary Arditti String Quartet (1994-2005).

Alex Raineri

Alex Raineri is an active recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. Alex is the Artistic Director of the Brisbane Music Festival and is a passionate exponent of contemporary music, having given over 130 World Premieres to date.

Trish Dean

Tasmanian born Trish Dean is the co-Artistic Director and cellist of Ensemble Q, with whom she is a national and regional touring artist for Musica Viva and Company in Residence at QPAC.

Press quote

“Sonatas for our uncertain times superbly played and recorded. Frank Millward has long been Australia’s arch-provocateur operating under the radar. By turns knotty, poetic and plaintive, this trio of sonatas for piano and, variously, violin, viola and cello, serve as reminders that he is also a composer convinced that music has a point and purpose. Millward is savvy and shrewd enough to disguise his multiple agendas with music that calls for intricacy, virtuosity and sensitivity in equal measure.”

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— Michael Quinn, Limelight

Track Listing

    Trying to Remember What I Chose to Forget Frank Millward

  1. i. Partial Reflection
  2. ii. Memoire Omissions
  3. iii. Tangled Tango
  4. Contact – Connect – Tracer Frank Millward

  5. i. Contact
  6. ii. Connect
  7. iii. Tracer
  8. Sadness to Madness Frank Millward

  9. i. Sad
  10. ii. Mad


Where to buy

Trying to remember what I chose to forget is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Apple Music.

Trying to remember what I chose to forget 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
Release date
July 2023
© 2023 Frank Millward
℗ 2023 Move Records
Catalogue number
MCD 642
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574064223