A new Master (Mistress?)

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A new Master (Mistress?)

I see that Judith Weir is to be the next 'Master of the Queen's Music' and I think it can only br a good thing that at long last the appointment recognises a female composer. However, I confess to not knowing much (any?) of her music and feel that I should explore her output.

 

Does anyone more knowledgable than I have any recommeded starting suggestions?

Judith Weir.

20th century music is not, in principle, my cup of tea, but, in my younger days, I was more curious about contemporary composers of certain interest.

I normally prefer to get to know composers through their instrumental (more absolute and abstract) music. So, the Operas and other "fancy" works she has composed are indifferent to me. I happen to have a nice and intriguing double CD of NMC with her Piano Concerto and some chamber works as well as some piano pieces. The Piano Trio and the Piano Quartet, in particular, are quite interesting, at least from my perspective.

Her String Quartet has been recorded with various groups and in different programs along wih other composers works. Ι find the one on Delphian with the Edinburgh Quartet fine enough, but I believe the more recent one, on Metier, with the very good Kreutzer Quartet should be probably more rewarding.

NMC, Metier and Delphian have a good number of her works for you to explore.

In any case, congratulations to Mrs. Weir on her new task and...title.

Parla

A Night at the Chinese Opera

The only substantial work of hers I've heard is the opera "Night at the Chinese Opera" on NMC. If you like Britten's chamber operas or "A Midsummer Night's Dream", you would probably like this.

 

Ted

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