Mosstrooper Peak

by Melissa Fitzgerald

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Composed in 2010, Mosstrooper Peak is Nigel Westlake's most recent guitar work. This six movement sonata was commissioned by Timothy Kain and premiered by Kain on an Australian concert tour in 2012. Westlake later rearranged the sonata into a duo version for the Grigoryan Brothers who subsequently recorded it on their album, "This Time" (2014).

Each movement of the sonata is named after different remote locations on the east coast of Australia and is home to shrines constructed by the Westlake family following the loss of their son Eli.

Westlake writes: "The music is sometimes reflective, as is the case for the movements Burning Point, Nara Inlet & Butterfly Bay, and at other times more extrovert, invoking a sense of energy & movement, as if marking the journey to these remote locations, a process that sometimes involved several hours of challenging bush walking through tropical rainforest and dry creek beds and the scaling of treacherous mountain peaks"

For further information on the work, visit Westlake's website:

This is the premiere recording of the solo version, and it is a pleasure to share my interpretation with you!


released December 16, 2017

Mosstrooper Peak recorded April 2015 in Braham Auditorium, Trinity College, East Perth.
Hinchinbrook Riffs recorded September 2016 in Braham Auditorium, Trinity College, East Perth.
Engineered, produced, and mastered by Perth Recording.


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Melissa Fitzgerald Perth, Australia

Classical Guitarist from Perth, Western Australia

Doctor of Philosophy (Performing Arts) - Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts

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