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Thea Musgrave

Publisher: Novello & Co

Behind the aural glitter is an inventive mind, drawing the listener in with compelling narrative. One is never placed at ease enough to settle back – there is always a twist, a sudden shift that grabs you.— Robin Newton, Classical Music ‘Premieres of the Year’

…as naturally gifted a composer for the stage as anyone writing today…Musgrave has an infallible sense of theatrical pace and effect.— Rodney Milnes, The Times

In a way Musgrave makes no concessions to her audience, since some of the music is pretty tough and unyielding, but somehow she manages still to make it attractive and easily assimilable — Alan Sanders
Key Works:
Career Highlights:
  • 2018 receives The Ivors Classical Music Award in recognition of her outstanding body of work in the classical genre
  • 2018 featured composer at The Stockholm International Composer Festival
  • 2018 awarded The Queen's Medal for Music in an audience with Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace
  • 2014 The BBC Symphony Orchestra host Total Immersion: Thea Musgrave at the Barbican Centre, London
  • 2008 celebrates eightieth birthday with premieres of Points of View, Green, Cantilena and numerous other performances
  • 2003 premiere of Turbulent Landscapes by Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • 2002 appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen's New Year Honours List
  • 1995 premiere of opera Simón Bolívar at Virginia Opera
  • 1987-2002 Distinguished Professor, City University of New York, Queens College
  • 1977 Scottish Opera premiere Musgrave's first grand opera, Mary Queen of Scots
  • 1975 Thea and Peter move to the United States
  • 1974 received a Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation-Library of Congress commission for Space Play
  • 1971 marries American violist and opera conductor Peter Mark
  • 1958 attends Tanglewood Festival and studies with Copland
  • 1953 complete first major commission A Suite O' Bairnsangs for The Scottish Festival, shortly followed by Cantata for a Summer's Day for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • 1950-4 studies with Nadia Boulanger in Paris

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