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Thea Musgrave: Sunrise: Instrumental

Book Only | Instrumental
Composer Thea Musgrave
Publisher Novello and Co Ltd.
Instrumentation Flute, Viola and Harp
Sunrise was commissioned by Backshore Artists Project Inc. on the occasion of Carol Wincenc’s 40th anniversary on the concert stage and underwritten by a generous grant from Linda and Stuart Nelson.

The work is dedicated to Carol Wincenc for this very special occasion.

It starts slowly with the bass flute leading a dark dream-like section with a theme that is marked rubato, seductive. The viola echoes this melody but ties to move it to another key. Eventually the tempo quickens as the harp adds a new theme which the others soon copy.

A new section svegliato (awakening) follows where the harp and viola encourage the flute to join them in a sprightly scherzo which grows to a climax to herald the sunrise. Here the viola leads with a glowing theme. After the flute has echoed this melody the mood quietens and in a peaceful coda the flute ‘remembers’ the theme from the very opening: it is now bathed in sunlight and is marked luminous.

Product Type Book Only
Edition Number NOV958936
Catalog No. MUSNOV958936
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