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News - A Juilliard FOCUS on 20th-Century Women

Thea Musgrave; Credit: Bryan Sheffield
Friday, January 10, 2020

The annual Juilliard FOCUS Festival is a perennial highlight for lovers of modern and contemporary music. This January’s edition is titled "Trailblazers: Pioneering Women Composers of the 20th Century," and features both the New Juilliard Ensemble under the direction of founder Joel Sachs and the Juilliard Orchestra, with David Robertson conducting. Co-curated by Odaline de la Martinez and Sachs, "Trailblazers" celebrates the achievements of composers including Sofia Gubaidulina, Thea Musgrave, Betsy Jolas, and Galina Ustvolskaya, across two concerts (January 25 & 31). Complete information on the FOCUS Festival can be found here.

Explore the following selection of music presented at Juilliard during the 2019-2020 season.

Lera Auerbach
Icarus (2011) 12 Minutes
3(pic,afl).3(ca).3(bcl).3(cbn)/4.3.3(btbn).1/timp.5perc/[opt Theremin]/str
Watch on YouTube

Sofia Gubaidulina
The Rider on the White Horse (2002) 13 Minutes
Solo organ, 3(2pic).1.4(Ebcl,bcl).1/3(3Wtba).4(pictpt,btpt).3.cbtba/8perc/amp pf.amp hpd/str
Watch on YouTube

Betsy Jolas
A Little Summer Suite (2015) 11 Minutes
3(afl, pic).3(ca).3(bcl).3(cbn)/
Watch an excerpt on Digital Concert Hall at 0:59 | View the score

Elisabeth Lutyens
Six Tempi for 10 Instruments (1957) 12 Minutes
Listen on Spotify

Missy Mazzoli
Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres) (2013) 12 Minutes; harmonicas in A(4), C(4), and F(2); tp
Watch on YouTube | View the score

Thea Musgrave
Rainbow (1990) 12 Minutes
Watch on YouTube | View the score

Anna Thorvaldsdottir
Listen on Spotify | View the score

Galina Ustvolskaya
Octet (1950)
Listen on Spotify

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