Songs for Silent Earth (Natalie Williams)

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Portrait of Natalie Williams
Natalie Williams, Australian composer (Image: Megagraphics Photography)
Natalie Williams is a composer, academic and artistic manager.

Her music has been commissioned and performed in Australia, the United States and Europe. Commissions include multiple works for orchestra, opera, chamber ensembles, multimedia, vocal ensembles and soloists.

A performing arts leader, she worked as a University Dean in the United States and has
held faculty positions in music theory and composition at the University of Georgia and the Australian National University. Research interests include music theory pedagogy and post-tonal composition.

Natalie holds a Graduate Certificate in Management from the Australian National University and a Doctoral degree from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.


Songs for Silent Earth is a suite for piano trio, commissioned for The Muses Trio for performance in Byron Bay on International Women’s Day, 2018.

The piece was commissioned as a work that could celebrate the natural beauty of the Byron Bay area, on Australia’s east coast, alongside a celebration of the voices of women. This suite reflects upon three female figures and interprets their voices musically in a series of ‘songs for the hours,’ musical pieces intended for the passage of the day.

The works are also connected to the Muses Trio project ‘Seen but not Her,’ considering influential women from history.

© Natalie Williams

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