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Thea Musgrave

Publisher: Novello & Co

Night Windows (2007)
Commissioned by the International Double Reed Society
Publisher
Novello & Co Ltd
Category
Works for 2-6 Players
Year Composed
2007
Duration
13 Minutes
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Programme Note
Thea Musgrave Night Windows (2007)
Walking down a darkened street it’s hard to resist looking in through lighted windows and catching a glimpse of other people’s lives. The imagination lingers…

Night Windows is the title of a painting by Edward Hopper of a scene in one such lighted window. However the scenes in this work – though reflecting something of all the loneliness in so many of the Hopper paintings – are all imaginary: highly charged emotional moments.

Loneliness: Anger: Nostalgia: Despair: Frenzy.

The work was commissioned by the International Double Reed Society and it is dedicated to Nicholas Daniel.

Programme note © 2007 Thea Musgrave


Score sample


  • Soloist(s)
    Nicholas Daniel, The Chilingirian Quartet, Joy Farrall, Emer McDonough, James Turnbull, Huw Watkins
    Harmonia Mundi:
Performances
Date
Title
  • 18 APR 2010
    Ventura, CA
    Nicholas Daniel, oboe; Anna Polonsky, piano

    Other Dates:
    20 April - San Marino, CA
    22 April - Los Angeles, CA
  • 16 APR 2010
    Night Windows US Premiere
    Santa Barbara, CA
    Nicholas Daniel, oboe; Anna Polonsky, piano
  • 22 JUL 2009
    Wake your wild voice World Premiere
    Night Windows World Premiere
    2009 International Double Reed Society Conference
    Town Hall, Birmingham
    Meyrick Alexander, bassoon; Jane Salmon, cello (Wake your wild voice); Nicholas Daniel, oboe (Night Windows)

Reviews
With its sure-footed gestural pacing, Thea Musgrave's elegantly taut music is thoroughly absorbing ... Each of its five movements captures a mood and ... it's all captured in natural sound.
Andrew McGregor, BBC Music Magazine,7/29/2013
...hauntingly beautiful...
John Rushby-Smith, Hereford Times,3/14/2011
Having lived in the United States for many years now, it is the American artist Edward Hopper that has provided Musgrave with the inspiration for [Night Windows], although the five movements, entitled Loneliness, Anger, Nostalgia, Despair and Frenzy are the outcome of the composer’s own personal response to the lonely atmosphere inherent in many of Hopper’s paintings rather than an attempt at specific programmatic musical imagery. Either way, the impact in Birmingham Town Hall was electrifying, both emotionally and musically as Nicholas Daniel gave a powerfully wrought and charged account of Musgrave’s intense and at times deeply personal music. http://www.musicweb-international.com
Christopher Thomas, Musicweb International,7/23/2009
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