British composer wins Baltimore residency

British composer wins Baltimore residency


norman lebrecht

September 19, 2015

Marin Alsop conducted the premiere of Anna Clyne’s Masquerade at the Last Night of the Proms.

Now she has arranged for Anna to be resident with the Baltimore Symphony through this season.

Anna, 35, was previously co-composer in residence with the Chicago Symphony.



  • John Borstlap says:

    ‘Masquerade’ was performed in 2013:

    of which the composer said:

    “Masquerade draws inspiration from the original mid-18th century promenade concerts held in London’s pleasure gardens. As is true today, these concerts were a place where people from all walks of life mingled to enjoy a wide array of music. Other forms of entertainment ranged from the sedate to the salacious with acrobatics, exotic street entertainers, dancers, fireworks and masquerades. I am fascinated by the historic and sociological courtship between music and dance. Combined with costumes, masked guises and elaborate settings, masquerades created an exciting, yet controlled, sense of occasion and celebration. It is this that I wish to evoke in Masquerade. The work derives its material from two melodies. For the main theme, I imagined a chorus welcoming the audience and inviting them into their imaginary world. The second theme, Juice of Barley, is an old English country dance melody and drinking song, which first appeared in John Playford’s 1695 edition of The English Dancing Master. – It is an honor to compose music for the Last Night of the Proms and I dedicate Masquerade to the Prommers.”

    Interestingly, the composer harks back to premodern idioms – it sounds as if written in the twenties of the last century.