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Thea Musgrave

Publisher: Novello & Co

Cantilena (2008)
Commissioned by the London Chamber Music Society to celebrate their move to King's Place in October 2008.
Publisher
Novello & Co Ltd
Category
Works for 2-6 Players
Year Composed
2008
Duration
11 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
oboe
Orchestration
Availability
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Programme Note
Thea Musgrave Cantilena (2008)
The work is a short, lyrical piece where an outsider [the oboe] joins the group [a string trio] and adds to their dialogue. At first the newcomer is treated with a mixture of suspicion and agitation, but eventually is made welcome.

The oboe is invited to share the musical theme that has been established which he then proceeds to embellish and adorn. He leads the harmonic changes that result in the theme being heard in many different keys. He then introduces a new theme. The excitement grows and leads to a climax.

A peaceful coda re-establishes the original theme and all ends harmoniously among the integrated quartet.

Programme note © Thea Musgrave 2008

  • Soloist(s)
    Nicholas Daniel, The Chilingirian Quartet, Joy Farrall, Emer McDonough, James Turnbull, Huw Watkins
    Harmonia Mundi:
Performances
Reviews
Melancholic in tone and with the finest dynamic and timbral shadings.
Dr. Jürgen Schaarwächter, www.Klassik.com,10/08/2013
Musgrave writes gorgeous melodies, and the theatricality of the piece served to underscore, rather than distract from, its inherent musicality.
Charles Donelan, Santa Barbara Independent,16/11/2010
,,,beautifully wrought, autumnal-pastoral...
Andrew Clark, Financial Times,07/10/2008
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