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Thea Musgrave

Publisher: Novello & Co

Obliques (1958)
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Orchestra
Sub Category
Large Orchestra
Year Composed
1958
Duration
8 Minutes


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Programme Note
Thea Musgrave Obliques (1958)
Obliques, a short work in a single movement, was completed in the summer of 1958 when I was at the Tanglewood Summer School of Music in the USA. It was first performed on the 8th January 1959 by the BBC SSO, conducted by Colin Davies.

The title is that of a poem by Maurice Lindsay which provided the starting point for the work. Basically it takes the form of a theme and variations, but with the unusual feature that the flow of the variations is twice interrupted by an interlude. The work culminates in a short finale combining elements of both theme and interlude.

The dramatic idea, suggested by the poem with its question-answer form, was this balance between the 'questioning' dynamic elements of the theme as developed in the variations and the contrasting calm 'answers' which have the effect of turning the 'question' in different directions.

© Thea Musgrave

Performances
Date
Title
  • 01 MAY 1988
    Studio recording, UK
    BBC SSO
    Norman Del Mar, conductor
  • 27 MAR 1988
    Henry Crown Hall, Jerusalem, Israel
    Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra
    Thea Musgrave, conductor
  • 19 NOV 1982
    Chrysler Hall, Norfolk, Virginia, US
    Virginia Philharmonic Orchestra
    Richard Williams, conductor

    Other Dates:
    20 November - Chrysler Hall, Norfolk, Virginia, US
  • 10 JAN 1975
    UK
    BBC Symphony Orchestra
    Thea Musgrave, conductor

    Other Dates:
    7 June 1976 - BBC Scottish Recording
  • 15 MAR 1974
    UK
    BBC SSO
    Christopher Adey, conductor

    Other Dates:
    30 June - UK
  • 21 NOV 1972
    UK
    BBC SSO
    Andrew Davis, conductor

    Other Dates:
    6 December - UK
  • 10 SEP 1972
    Glasgow, UK
    Glasgow Schools Orchestra
    John Carewe, conductor
  • 09 DEC 1970
    BBC Radio 3
    BBC Training Orchestra
    James Loughran, conductor
  • 09 MAY 1969
    BBC Music, UK
    BBC SSO
    James Loughran, conductor

    Other Dates:
    8 April 1970 - BBC Music, UK
    24 April 1970 - BBC Radio 3
  • 21 FEB 1969
    BBC Scotland
    BBC SSO
    James Loughran, conductor
  • 04 FEB 1969
    Royal Festival Hall, London
    Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra
    James Loughran, conductor
  • 01 JAN 1969
    BBC Scotland Recording
    BBC SSO
    James Loughran, conductor
  • 20 MAY 1968
    BBC Scotland Recording
    BBC SSO
    James Loughran, conductor
  • 01 JAN 1964
    BBC Scotland Recording
    BBC SSO
    Mauritz Sillem, conductor
  • 10 OCT 1963
    BBC Scotland Recording
    BBC SSO
    Myer Fredman, conductor
  • 21 MAY 1962
    BBC Scotland
    BBC SSO
    Norman Del Mar, conductor
  • 01 MAY 1961
    St Andrew's Hall, Glasgow
    Scottish National Orchestra
    Alexander Gibson, conductor

    Other Dates:
    16 March 1962 - Usher Hall, Edinburgh
    17 March 1962 - St Andrew's Hall, Glasgow
  • 08 JAN 1959
    BBC Scotland
    BBC SSO
    Colin Davis, conductor

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