26 March 2005

  Musgrave, Thea (1928-)

Thea Musgrave celebrates her 75th birthday in 2003 and a new opera The Baroness will be premiered next OctoberEducated at the University of Edinburgh, she later studied with Nadia Boulanger for a time. She has lectured in many universities and has written 9 operas to date. Her style developed from traditional diatonic harmony, through chromatic embellishments, to "controlled plurability"; many different things happening simultaneously. Her Clarinet Concerto is very dramatic and employs an abstract form. Today living in USA she has begun to conduct her own new works, which continue to develop in style and her work is being appreciated after shameful neglect.

Features in Historical Anthology of Music by Women

Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra

Also includes The Seasons and Autumn Sonata (Concerto for Bass Clarinet and Orchestra). Victoria Soames - clarinet and bass clarinet. BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer.
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2001          £12  

Feasibility Studies

Also includes Gordon McPherson, Edward McGuire and Django Bates. The Scottish Flute Trio.
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2000          £12  

The Nursery

All on the theme of childhood. Thea's A Suite o' Bairnsangs and works by Fraser-Simson, German and Mussorgsky.
Performed by Sandra Lissenden soprano and Katharine Durran piano and recorded in Temple Village Hall, Midlothian.
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2000          £14  

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