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


Composer, oboist, and teacher Patricia Morehead is the founder of CUBE Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. She is currently Congress Chair and has been president of the International Alliance of Women in Music. She holds degrees from New England Conservatory of Music (B.M. in oboe) and The University of Chicago (Ph.D. in composition) and diplomas from the Royal Toronto Conservatory of Music (Canada), the Conservatoire National de Musique (Paris, France) and the Accademia Chigiana (Siena, Italy). She has concertized as an oboist in North and South America, Europe and Asia. She made her Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1977, and she has commissioned and premiered more than 60 works written for her family of oboes.

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