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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
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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
Date
Title
  • 11 NOV 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Camerata Pacifica
    Nicholas Daniel, Catherine Leonard, Richard Yongjae O'Neill, Ani Aznavoorian

    Other Dates:
    12 November - Santa Barbara, CA
    14 November - Ventura, CA
    16 November - San Marino, CA
  • 02 AUG 2010
    Lake District Summer Music 2010
    Kendal Parish Church, UK
    Chilingirian Quartet
    Nick Daniel (oboe)
  • 10 JUL 2010
    Cantilena Country Premiere
    Huntington Library, San Marino, CA
    Southwest Chamber Music

    Other Dates:
    11 July - Huntington Library, San Marino, CA
  • 10 JUL 2010
    Cantilena US Premiere
    Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, CA
    Jonathan Davis, oboe; Lorenz Gamma, violin; Jan Karlin, viola; Peter Jacobson, cello

    Other Dates:
    11 July - Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, CA
  • 05 OCT 2008
    Cantilena World Premiere
    King's Place concert hall, London
    Members of the Chilingirian String Quartet
    Nicholas Daniel oboe

Reviews
Melancholic in tone and with the finest dynamic and timbral shadings.
Dr. Jürgen Schaarwächter, www.Klassik.com,8/10/2013
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,11/16/2010
,,,beautifully wrought, autumnal-pastoral...
Andrew Clark, Financial Times,10/7/2008
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