Release Date: May 1, 2014
Catalog #: NV5953
Format: Digital & Physical
21st Century
Vocal Music

Brass Rail Blues

Music By Patricia Morehead

Patricia Morehead composer

Julia Bentley mezzo-soprano; Dileep Gangolli clarinet; Philip Morehead piano
Caroline Pittman flute; Alicia Berneche soprano; Susanna Phillips soprano
Aurelien Pederzoli violin; Elizabeth Choi violin; Kristin Figard viola
Eric Schaeffer cello; Dimitris Marinos mandolin; Elizabeth Start cello
Christie Miller clarinet

On her second release on Navona Records, BRASS RAIL BLUES, Canadian composer and oboist Patricia Morehead showcases her ability to incorporate varying instrumentation into her compositions, from mezzo-soprano and chamber ensemble; to flute and piano; to mandolin, cello, and clarinet. Because of this variety, the composer creates a world of imagery, setting poems by such writers as Margaret Atwood, Anne Sexton, and Cathy Ann Elias in several of her pieces. Morehead adopts some of the technique and style associated with the Second Viennese School composers, such as Schoenberg and Berg; yet, in most cases, Morehead implements more tonal structure throughout her works. The release also includes three songs by Patricia’s husband Philip Morehead on classic French poems by Théodore de Banville and Paul Verlaine.


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Artist Information

Patricia Morehead


Oboist and composer Patricia Morehead earned her B.M in Oboe from New England Conservatory and her Ph.D in Composition from the University of Chicago. Additionally, she holds diplomas from the Royal Toronto Conservatory of Music, Paris Conservatoire National de Music (France), and Accademia Chigiana di Siena (Italy). Her principal teachers in oboe include Myrtil Morel, Etienne Baudo, Ralph Gomberg, John Mack, and Lothar Faber, and John Eaton, Ralph Shapey, Shulamit Ran, and Samuel Dolin in composition.