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Dr Paul Terracini (born 1957) is an Australian conductor, composer/arranger who now lives in Australia after having spent nearly 20 years living and working in Europe. He has held permanent positions as Principal Trumpet in the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra (1975-1979); Lecturer in Trumpet, Concert Band, Brass Ensemble and Big Band at the QLD Conservatorium of Music (1982-1988); and Solo Trumpet in the Danish Chamber Players, Denmark (1991-2007)

Since concentrating on composing, his music has been performed by, amongst others, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Brass, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He has also been guest professor and conductor at several conservatoriums in Europe and China. He has conducted ten CDs with the Prague Symphony Orchestra, as well as working as an opera conductor at the Rossini Festival in Germany, as an opera and orchestral conductor in Denmark, and as a guest conductor in Italy. For the last fifteen years he has written and conducted a great deal of music for film and television, which is now heard throughout the world. His music for the two part television series, "Hymns of the Forefathers I&II", received international acclaim and was released on CD and DVD by EMI. His title music for the international television series, "Classical Destinations," was featured on the "Number 1 Classical Album of 2007", released by Decca.

As a trumpet soloist Terracini has performed in Europe, USA, England and Asia. In Australia, he has appeared as trumpet soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, QLD Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.  

For 16 years he was Chairman of the Storstroms Symphony Orchestra, in Denmark. As a member of the Danish Chamber Players, he performed all over Eastern and Western Europe, South America, and Asia. 

He has recently been appointed Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Penrith Symphony Orchestra in Sydney and is in constant demand as guest conductor and instructor in a wide range of musical activities. In 2010, he composed two works for the International Trumpet Guild Conference and conducted one of the Gala Concerts. Also in 2010, he was guest composer/conductor at the Melbourne International Festival of Brass. In 2011, he has been guest composer/conductor at Northwestern University in Chicago and has conducted a new CD of music for clarinet and strings with the Prague Symphony Orchestra, for which he wrote all the arrangements. His Mass, for liturgical use, was first performed in Sydney, in September 2011. One of his works for large brass ensemble, Gegensätze, received its world premiere with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass at Orchestra Hall, Chicago, in December 2011. 

Paul Terracini's recent works include pieces for trumpet and piano, tuba and piano, euphonium, strings and harp, and a major three movement work for brass ensemble titled Winmalee Mourning, to be premiered at the Sydney International Brass Festival in July 2014. Also in July 2014, he will be guest composer/conductor in Porto, Portugal. In August 2014, he was guest conductor for the Heads of Independent Co-Educational  Schools Music Festival, in Sydney. His CD, Paul Terracini Music For Brass, on which he conducted his own works with Sydney Brass, was released in 2015 by Tall Poppies. Also in 2015, he was commissioned to write a new work in for symphony orchestra, choir, children's choir and soloists, for the 25th anniversary of the Joan Sutherland Centre for the Performing Arts, in Penrith, Sydney. His latest work, Hymn and Fugue for four trombones, commissioned by the Danish Trombone Quartet, was published by Kookaburra Music in 2016. In April 2016 Paul Terracini's "Fantasia on Medieval Fragments" for euphonium, harp, and strings, was chosen as a finalist in the International Tuba and Euphonium Association's Harvey Phillips Competition for new works for euphonium and tuba in chamber music.

Paul's music is published by Kookaburra Music: 




Reviews of CD: Paul Terracini: Music for Brass 

"I believe this to be of the highest quality brass recording, in every aspect, that I have ever had the pleasure of listening to." Brass Band World, UK.

"...the excellence of the five works for brass ensemble recorded here." "Conducted with terrific enthusiasm and authority by Terracini..." Limelight Magazine

"...a wonderful compilation of brass music by highly acclaimed composer, Paul Terracini...His music is full of emotion, intensity, character, and originality...International Trumpet Guild Journal, USA

"While the entire album is sensational, particular mention needs to be made of Exaudi Orationem Nostram, a sublime piece with a captivating melody premiered at the ITG Conference in 2010 in Sydney." Mouthpiece, journal of the Australian Trumpet Guild. 

"Terracini writes the kind of music brass-players long for and revel in." The Australian.

 "...five beautifully constructed works...all in all, this is a great CD." Fine Music Magazine.

"This is a cracking album starting off irresistibly with Gegensätze...." Daily Telegraph 


Concert Reviews 

World Premiere of "Exaudi Orationem Nostram'"

The work starts with gentle shifting harmonies - deceptively simple perhaps, because nothing this beautiful happens by accident - while an unadorned and direct melody shines above." International Trumpet Guild Journal.


'Concerto for Brass':

"This monumental work brought the first half to a stirring conclusion." Brass Herald


World Premiere of 'Gegensätze':

"The highlight of the afternoon was a concert by the Chicago Symphony brass section. This concert was not in the conference center but a few blocks down at Symphony Center on Michigan Avenue. The brass section played spectacularly, living up to their reputation for both power and finesse. Conductors included Dale Clevenger, Michael Mulcahy, and Jay Friedman, all legends in the brass playing world. The program featured mostly transcriptions, but one of the strongest and most engaging pieces in my opinion was the world premiere of an original brass choir work by Australian composer Paul Terracini.  The work was titled Gegensätze, meaning ?Contrasts,? and it certainly lived up to its title with plenty of exhilarating moments as well as lots of beautiful lyrical passages. Though obviously difficult, it sounded very idiomatic to my ears, and I think it will be getting plenty more performances in the future.  Horn World. 


Paul Terracini's "Gegensätze" allowed the orchestral brass section to flex its collective musical muscles in a 2011 work that incorporated trumpet trills, low brass punctuations, jazzy elements and brass roulades that lived up to the work's translation: "Contrasts." - Oklahoma City News


Orchestration of Paul Dukas' "Villanelle":

"Included are world premiere recordings of Damase?s Horn Concerto and Paul Terracini?s superb new orchestral arrangement of Paul Dukas? popular Villanelle, especially commissioned for this CD." Presto Classical 

This arrangement can be downloaded from Melba Recordings' website here:



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Like a Minstrel Symphony orchestra, mixed choir, children's choir, soprano soloist. Duration 21 mins.

Concerto for Brass (3 movts) 12 part brass ensemble, timpani and 1 percussion. Duration 13 mins.

Gegensätze 12 part brass ensemble. Duration circa 9 mins.

Behind the Shining Door 12 part brass ensemble. Duration circa 5 mins.

Behind the Shining Door  8 trombones. Duration circa 5 mins. 

Konya (3 movts). Brass Quintet. Duration circa 15 mins.

Exaudi Orationem Nostram 8 trumpets. Duration circa 8 mins.

Kundibar 14 trumpets. Duration circa 5 mins. 

Uzuki 8 trumpets. Duration circa 8 mins.

Hymn and Fugue 4 trombones. Duration circa 8 mins. 

Souvenirs de Jeunesse Trumpet and piano. Duration 8 mins.

Lacrymae et Effugium Tuba and Piano. Duration 15 mins.

Fantasia on Medieval Fragments Euphonium, Harp, and Strings. Duration 11 mins. 

Five Poems for Mezzo Soprano and Strings. Text by Nina Lavieri. Duration circa 30 mins. 

Classical Destinations I Violin and Orchestra. Duration circa 3.30.

Classical Destinations II Violin and Orchestra. Duration circa 3.30.

Camilla Orchestra. Duration circa 5 mins.

Benjamin Orchestra. Duration circa 6 mins.

Emma Orchestra. Duration circa 5.30.

Enlighten Us, O Good Jesus A cappella SATB. Duration circa 5 mins.

Peace Suite (4 Movts) Orchestra. Duration circa 14 mins.

Mass for liturgical use. New English Text. Choir and String Quartet. Duration circa 20 mins.

Veni Creator Spiritus Choir and optional Organ. Duration circa 4 mins. 

Kinross Wolaroi 2011 Orchestra and Choir. Duration circa 8 mins.  

Mist Chamber Ensemble. Duration circa 5 mins.

Filigree Chamber Ensemble. Duration circa 3.30.

Plains Chamber Ensemble. Duration circa 4.30.

Reflections Chamber Ensemble. Duration circa 4.30.

Clowns Chamber Ensemble. Duration circa 3.30.



Villanelle (Dukas)  Horn and Orchestra. Duration circa 6 mins.

Rhapsody in Blue (Gershwin) Piano and Brass Quintet. Duration circa 17 mins.

The Man I Love Mezzo Soprano and Orchestra

 I'll Be Seeing You Mezzo Soprano, Baritone, and Orchestra

 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes Mezzo Soprano, Baritone, and Orchestra

 The Way You Look Tonight Baritone and Orchestra

 Someone to Watch Over Me Mezzo Soprano and Orchestra

 Love Walked In Mezzo Soprano, Baritone, and Orchestra

Each of the above arrangements costs USD $60.00. Orders can be placed via the 'Contact Us' tab on this site. 

All orchestral arrangements from the Hymns of the Forefathers television series are available at USD $60.00 per arrangement. Orders can be placed at the 'Contact Us' tab on this website. 

The Power of Your Love Orchestra. Duration circa 7.30 

Blessing and Honour Orchestra. Duration circa 5.30 

Lead Kindly Light A cappella SATB. Duration circa 6.30

The Lord's My Shepherd A cappella SATB. Duration circa 4 mins

Holy, Holy, Holy A cappella SATB. Duration circa 4 mins.

O Come, O Come Emmanuel A cappella SATB. Duration circa 5 mins.

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross A cappella SATB. Duration circa 6 mins.

Rock of Ages A cappella SATB. Duration circa 5 mins

Pange Lingua A cappella SATB. Duration circa 5 mins. 

O God Our Help in Ages Past A cappella SATB. Duration circa 5 mins.

The King Of Love A cappella SATB. Duration circa 5 mins.

Nearer My God To Thee A cappella SATB. Duration circa 5 mins.

The Day Thou Gavest A cappella SATB. Duration circa 4.30.

Abide With Me A cappella SATB. Duration circa 5 mins. 

A series of arrangements by Paul Terracini for clarinet and strings of twentieth century classics.  Each piece between 3 and 5 minutes in duration.

The list of titles is:

The Man I Love

Love Walked In

Walking the Dog



Body and Soul

I'll Be Seeing You

Sleepy Lagoon

Caprice Viennois (Kreisler)

Liebesfreud  (Kreisler)

Liebesleid  (Kreisler)

Shön Rosmarin  (Kreisler)

Reverie  (Debussy)

La Plus Que Lent  (Debussy)

Each arrangement costs USD $60.00. Orders can be placed via the 'Contact Us' tab on this site. 




Paul Terracini: Music for Brass   Tall Poppies TP224 

Symphonic Hymns of the Forefathers ABC Classics ABC472 189-2

Hymns of the Forefathers 2 ABC Classics ABC 476 160-0

Cherished Hymns (3 CD Set) ABC Classics 476 6144

Lead Kindly Light (choral a cappella)   ABC Classics ABC 476 159-9 

Verter (opera, live, commercially released recording from Rossini Festival, Bad Wilbad, Germany). Bongiovanni GB 2343-2 

Symphony of Hope Bredon Hill BHMCD 1021

Symphony of Hope 2 Bredon Hill BMHCD 1035

As Incense Bredon Hill BMHCD 1031

Kirkens Store Salmer   Refleks Music 11290022 

Classical Destinations   EMI Classics 09463944225

Classical Destinations II   Sony/BMG 88697359472  

The Number One Classical Album 2007     Decca 442 9157

Rhapsodie, Fantasie, Poeme   Melba MR 301117 

The Trilogy   Kingsway Music KMCD 2369

The Praise Symphony Project   Coventry Music 50010-2 

Orchestral Mastertrax   Soundtrax SML 1013 

Drama Themes   Soundtrax SML 1010

Scores for the Screen   Soundtrax SML 1023

Let the Games Begin   Soundtrax SML 1016  

Scores for the Screen   Presentation CD 



Cherished Hymns of the Forefathers ABCDVD   

Symphonic Hymns of the Forefathers ABCDVD 103259-9

Hymns of the Forefathers Bredon Hill BHDVD 456 

Classical Destinations EMI Classics 094639244294

The Music from Classical Destinations II         Sony Music  88697359499  



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