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Meet the composer

Rachel Leach interviews Sir James MacMillan about becoming a composer, and the influences behind Tryst.

https://youtu.be/we9OAYh283k

Musical concepts in Tryst

Rachel Leach explains how musical concepts are used in Tryst. Musical excerpts are performed by the SCO and conducted by Sir James MacMillan.

1. Rondo

https://youtu.be/12hpv1kl-50

2. Chorale and Harmony

https://youtu.be/rc-wJnb-qss

3. Chords, Tonality, and the Imperfect Cadence

https://youtu.be/wG8j9iVcCCI

4. Strophic - Verse and Chorus

https://youtu.be/m8eOFBJLsOo

Sir James MacMillan and The Tryst

Watch a short interview with Sir James MacMillan in which he discusses the influences behind his music, and William Souter's poem The Tryst.

https://youtu.be/eUkmVe0gOsk

Jamie MacDougall recites the full poem The Tryst.

https://youtu.be/cqpkURRVCGg

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Performances of Tryst

A performance of Tryst by the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, conducted by Edward Caswell.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQn_h48hL4o

Another performance of Tryst by the Ulster Orchestra, conducted by Takuo Yuasa.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AwVyB-hX_4

Performance of After the Tryst

A performance of James MacMillan’s After the Tryst by Nathalie Shaw (Violin) & Helene Tysman (Piano) in 2012.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3imCB3og6VE

Performances of other pieces by Sir James MacMillan

A performance of Sir James MacMillan’s Stabat Mater in the Vatican. Click here for the link to the video.

The SCO performs Sir James MacMillan’s Veni, veni Emmanuel at the BBC Proms in 1992.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FRQqc9_oSY

Sir James MacMillan’s The Confession of Isobel Gowdie performed by the RTVE Orchestra in Madrid in 2015 (starts at 1.10). Click here for the link to the video.

Sir James MacMillan talks about his life and work

Sir James MacMillan reflects on the celebrations for his 60th birthday in 2019, the premiere of his Fifth Symphony at the Edinburgh International Festival and suggestions on how to listen to new music.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hq2GGUg-yc0

Sir James MacMillan talks about his religious faith and music.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=169vLkK6VII

Sir James MacMillan suggests how to listen to new music.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuRpU2fTf1I

Sir James MacMillan talks about his piece The Confession of Isabel Gowdie. Click here for the link to the video.

A new book by Sir James MacMillan
A Scots Song: A Life of Music Published by Birlinn Ltd, 2019.