Skillful orchestrations, a strong sense of drama and clarity of musical communication - explore the music of Thea Musgrave
The Scottish-American contemporary composer Thea Musgrave has consistently explored new means of projecting essentially dramatic situations in her music, frequently altering and extending the conventional boundaries of instrumental performance by physicalizing their musical and dramatic impact: both without programmatic content (such as the Clarinet Concerto, the Horn Concerto, the Viola Concerto, and Space Play), and others with specific programmatic ideas (such as the paintings in Turbulent Landscapes, the poems in Ring Out Wild Bells and the famous Greek legends in Orfeo, Narcissus and Voices From The Ancient World - all extensions of concerto principles. In some of these, to enhance the dramatic effect, the sonic possibilities of spatial acoustics have been incorporated, for example, in the Clarinet Concerto the soloist moves around the different sections of the orchestra.
Here's a selection of our bestselling compositions from Thea Musgrave. Filter on the left-hand side to find more.