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CD release: "Strange Travels" on Centaur Records

In March 2015, America's oldest indie classical label, Centaur Records, will release Nancy Galbraith's new album "Strange Travels" that will feature four new works performed and recorded by Carnegie Mellon School of Music faculty and student musicians.

The program opens with Effervescent Air, performed by the Carnegie Mellon Baroque Ensemble, conducted by Daniel Nesta Curtis. Baroque flutist Stephen Schultz and pianist Luz Manriquez perform electronically using guitar pedals that provide reverb, echoing and delay. The 3-movement work is followed by a live recording of Euphonic Blues with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic Orchestra led by Ronald Zollman. The work was featured in a performance in 2012 that celebrated the School of Music's 100th Anniversary. Three Preludes for Piano features 15-year-old virtuoso Rishi Mirchandani, a student at Fox Chapel High School in Pittsburgh and a piano student of Ms. Manriquez. Rishi recorded all three preludes in one session at Carnegie Mellon Studios in November 2013. The program ends with the title work, Strange Travels, which was premiered in early 2014 by the Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Ensemble led also by Mr. Curtis.

The new works have already begun to make their rounds on the concert circuit, with three performances of Euphonic Blues by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra led by Donald Runnicles in March 2014 at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh. Strange Travels will be featured in a concert by the Peabody Modern Orchestra in March 2015. Three Preludes was premiered last year by Sanjung Lee at Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, Korea.
 

recent articles & reviews
Euphonic Blues: Concert Review: Guest conductor masters... – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review • 3-21-2014 (pdf)
Euphonic Blues: Concert Review: Symphony successfully tackles... – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette • 3-21-2014 (pdf)
Whispers of Light: Dance review: Bodiography's moving 'Whispers' – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2-25-2013 (pdf)
FEATURE: Ohio University College of Fine Arts 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award (pdf) – OU Compass• 2-23-2013
FEATURE: Portrait of Nancy Galbraith (pdf) – WASBE World • March 2012
Other Sun (CD): CD Reviews: Nancy Galbraith - Other Sun (pdf) – Fanfare Magazine • March/April 2012
Nancy Galbraith (CD): CD Review: Nancy Galbraith – MusicWeb International 01-2012 (pdf)
Other Sun (CD): CD Reviews: Nancy Galbraith - Other Sun – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 8-25-2011 (pdf)
De profundis ad lucem: European Premiere... in the Netherlands – Subito Music 7-2-2011 (pdf)
Other Sun (CD): Almost irritatingly exhuberant, but never boring – Amazon customer review 5-8-2011 (pdf)
Sonnet 116: A Love Story and a Choral Commission – Singer Network (Chorus America) 4-28-2011 (pdf)
Other Sun (CD): CD Reviews: Nancy Galbraith - Other Sun – Pittsburgh City Paper 2-24-2011 (pdf)
Luminosity: Scenes from the Arts-burg – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 12-9-2008 (pdf)
Luminosity: 'Luminosity' radiates love of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 12-4-2008 (pdf)
Sacred Songs and Interludes (CD): ...colorful and appealing pieces (pdf) – Pittsburgh Magazine 4-2008
Washington's Landing: RCBB's celebration concert a real kick in the brass – Pgh. Post-Gazette 11-9-2006 (pdf)
Washington's Landing: River City celebrates with 'Happy Birthday' – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 11-2-2006 (pdf)
Sacred Songs & Interludes: ...Galbraith['s] stirring prayer for peace – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 3-20-2006 (pdf)
Requiem: Choir concert fitting finale for Mendelssohn music director – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 4-12-2005 (pdf)
Requiem: Page turns to retirement after stylish last concert – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 4-12-2005 (pdf)
God of Justice: 'You are the Light of the World – Music & Vision 9-23-2004 (pdf)
God of Justice: [Commission for] family center's anniversary... – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 9-15-2004 (pdf)
Atacama (CD): Wonderful exuberance – Music & Vision 10-1-2003 (pdf)
FEATURE: Would you describe yourself as a neo-romantic? Why (not)? – AMC New Music Box 9-1-2003 (pdf)
FEATURE: Composer's music progresses... – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 3-27-2003 (pdf)
Wind Symphony No. 1: New music delight at first U3 Festival – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 3-15-2003 (pdf)
Atacama (CD): CD Overviews – New Music Connoisseur 3-1-2003 (pdf)
Atacama (CD): An exciting new composer – Amazon customer review 2-28-2003 (pdf)
Missa Mysteriorum: Mendelssohn Choir offers contrast... (pdf) – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 11-22-1999
Piano Concerto No. 1: New music worth hearing! – amazon.com customer review 7-17-1999
 
free-use portraits & photos

Matthew Galbraith (2014)

Matthew Galbraith (2011)

Martha Tablewight (2005)

Amy Rogers (1990)
 

Matthew Galbraith (2014)

Matthew Galbraith (2013)

Matthew Galbraith (2013)

Nancy Galbraith with Maestro Donald Runnicles after three 2014 performances of Euphonic Blues by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
 

Nancy Galbraith at Harvard with Andrew Clark et al after 2013 premiere of Three Poems of Miguel de Unamuno by Harvard Glee Club & Radcliffe Choral Society.

Nancy Galbraith with Dr. Subra Suresh, 9th president of Carnegie Mellon University, after the 2013 premiere of The Oak at Dr. Suresh's inauguration ceremony.

 

Matthew Galbraith (2013)

Richard Boober (2007)

Greg Blackman (2005)

Nancy Galbraith with Bodiography Contemporary Ballet after 2013 premiere of Whispers of Light at benefit concert for the Highmark Caring Place in Pittsburgh.

Nancy Galbraith with conductors Andrew Clark and Richard Coffey after premiere of Two Emily Dickinson Songs at 2007 NEA American Masters Choral Festival.

Nancy Galbraith and conductor Robert Page enjoy a standing ovation after the 2005 premiere of Requiem by the Mendelssohn Choir at Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh.

 

Matthew Galbraith (2007)

Ben Speigal (1988)

Matthew Galbraith (ca. 1980)

Nancy Galbraith with Cuarteto Latinoamericano after the recording session for String Quartet No. 3 at Carnegie Mellon University.
 

Nancy Galbraith and Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky toast the success of the 1988 premiere of Morning Litany by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Nancy Galbraith, circa 1980, poses with her long-time mentor and dearest friend Nelson B. Whitaker, Professor of Piano at Carnegie Mellon University.

 
press release archives

Galbraith receives Teaching Award at Carnegie Mellon University... April 24, 2014: An awards ceremony and banquet were held at Carnegie Mellon University to honor nine professors with this year's College Teaching Awards. Carnegie Mellon School of Music professor Nancy Galbraith was presented with the College of Fine Arts' prestigious Henry Hornbostel Teaching Award. Other awards were presented from the Dietrich College of Humanities & Social Sciences, the H. Jonh Heinz III College, the Mellon College of Science, the School of Computer Science, the Tepper School of Business, and the Carnegie Institute of Technology. Galbraith has been a professor of composition at the Carnegie Mellon School of Music, a division of the College of Fine Arts, for 30 years, where she has taught numerous courses and as many as 400 composition students. She presently teaches Orchestration and hosts a studio of 16 student composers.

Pittsburgh Symphony to perform Galbraith's "Euphonic Blues"... March 21 thru 24: As part of its "Year of the Pittsburgh Composer" programming, The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform Nancy Galbraith's Euphonic Blues in subscription concerts on Friday March 21st and Sunday March 22nd, and one concert at West Virginia University on Monday, March 24th. The orchestra will be led by guest conductor Donald Runnicles. Galbraith's 10-minute orchestral movement was premiered in 2012 by the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert that celebrated the 150th anniversary of the CMU School of Music, under the auspices of the school's department head, Denis Colwell. This is the composer's ninth symphonic work, and the sixth to be performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony. Exactly one year ago, Altena Brass, the award-winning regional brass band centered around Werkendam in the Netherlands, presented the world premiere of the composer's "Euphonic Blues for Brass," which the band had commissioned for its annual Easter concert.

World Premiere in the Netherlands... March 23, 2013: Altena Brass, the award-winning regional brass band centered around Werkendam in the Netherlands, presented the world premiere of Nancy Galbraith's Euphonic Blues for Brass. The annual Easter concert took place at the historic Fort Altena, and will be led by the band's founding director Jan Gerrit Adema. At their 2010 Easter concert in Brakel, the band performed Galbraith's Luminosity, which was premiered in 2008 by Pittsburgh's River City Brass Band, conducted by Denis Colwell. The orchestra arrangement for Euphonic Blues was premiered in 2012 by the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert that celebrated the 150th anniversary of the CMU School of Music, under the auspices of the school's department head, Denis Colwell.

Contemporary Ballet Premiere in the Pittsburgh... February 22, 2013: Whispers of Light: A Story of Hope presented by Bodiography Contemporary Ballet was presented in two performances ath the Byham Theater in Pittsburgh. The two-act contemporary ballet, choreographed by Founding Artistic Director Maria Caruso, features an original score by composer Nancy Galbraith, and was written in a collaboration between the two artists. The ballet is an artistic tribute to The Highmark Caring Place, champions to the cause of grieving children. The subject of loss and bereavement is the focus of children who have utilized the services of the Caring Place. The ballet is an in-depth examination of the grieving process and emotional struggles that children feel when they have experienced the loss of a parent or loved one. It further examines the power of strategic coping mechanisms offered through the invaluable support system children receive at the Caring Place. The Caruso/Galbraith ballet is a journey of movement expression, finely woven together by Galbraith's original score, and embedded with a narrative of stories adapted from the personal accounts of some of the children served by the Caring Place. It is a poignant exploration of human loss, the strength to move forward, and the undeniable power of human connection.

O.U. Wind Ensembles Concert & Alumni Award... February 14-15, 2013: On Valentine's Day, three Ohio University wind ensembles performed four works by Nancy Galbraith, who received her Bachelor of Music degree from the school in 1972. The following day, Galbraith attended an awards gala where she was honored with the 2013 School of Music Alumni Award. Galbraith began her freshman year as a performance major in both piano and clarinet, but was encouraged to switch to composition by Dr. Karl Ahrendt, a composer and professor at the school. The concert opened at 7:30 PM at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium on campus. The OU Wind Symphony, led by Andrew Trachsel, performed Febris Ver and Danza de los Duendes. The OU Symphonic Band will present with brightness round about it with conductor Richard Suk, and the OU Flute Choir was led by Alison Brown Sincoff in a performance of Streaming Green. BTW, both of Galbraith's daughters — Dr. Amy Galbraith Ogburn (1998, Oboe Performance) and Dr. Sarah Galbraith Bond (1999, Microbiology) — received their undergraduate degrees at OU, as did the composer's sister and brother-in-law, Joan and Ronald Giles.

World Premiere: "Effervescent Air"... November 18, 2012: The Carnegie Mellon Baroque Ensemble's founding director Stephen Schultz will hand over the podium to conductor Daniel Curtis for the premiere of Nancy Galbraith's "Effervescent Air" which will feature Schultz performing on his notorious electric Baroque flute. Luz Manriquez will also be featured on the piano along with a full complement of Baroque Ensemble strings and two percussionists. The concert will be broadcast, and streamed, live on WQED-FM from Carnegie Mellon's Alumni Concert Hall in the College of Fine Arts building. LINKS: Stephen Schultz photoStephen Schultz web siteCarnegie Mellon University School of Music

April 22, 2012 – World premiere of Nancy Galbraith's "Four Nature Canticles" in Chatham, NJ:
"Four Nature Canticles," by Nancy Galbraith, was premiered by Lyrica Chamber Music and the Kent Place Singers on Sunday April 22 in Chatham, New Jersey. The new work features musical settings of poems by Emily Dickinson, Robert Browning, James Joyce, and Robert Frost. Scored for treble chamber choir and chamber orchestra, "Four Nature Canticles" was commissioned by Lyrica Chamber Music as part of its 25th anniversary celebration. The premiere was led by Lyrica's Co-Artistic Director Adam Waite. The female chamber choir, directed by Dr. Edel Thomas, hails from the Kent Place School, an elite girls' academy in Summit, New Jersey. Carnegie Mellon University alumnus Alex Weston also composed a work for the concert – his "Piano Concerto" was performed by pianist David Kaplan. Both Galbraith and Weston were in attendance. The concert program featured a who's who of Carnegie Mellon University School of Music alumnae, including Waite and Weston, who both studied composition with Prof. Nancy Galbraith, Luis Casal (viola), Holland Jancaitis (organ), Michelle Nicklas (soprano), and Leena Waite (violin).
ADDITIONAL LINKS: TEXT ONLY press releaseProgram notes by Adam WaiteSubito Music article

PHOTO: Carnegie Mellon School of Music Alumnae (by Martha Tablewight)

L-R: Jancaitis, Casal, Nicklas, Galbraith, A. Waite, L. Waite, Weston • Hi-res image

CD release: "Nancy Galbraith: Other Sun" on Centaur Records (CR 3106)... January 3, 2011: The album features four new compositions by Nancy Galbraith performed by Stephen Schultz (electric Baroque flute), Cello Fury (electric cellos), and other Pittsburgh-based artists. The album is available for purchase on Centaur's web site and numerous on-line retail stores. LINKS: Complete Album Info & Audio SamplesPress ReleaseStephen Schultz photoStephen Schultz web siteCello Fury photoCello Fury's web site

Choral / electric flute premiere in Chicago monastary... March 2, 2010: St. Procopius Abbey in Lisle, Illinois near Chicago, was founded in 1885 by a new order of Benedictine monks to serve the large population of Czech and Slovak immigrants in the American mid-west. Today the abbey serves a more eclectic community in and around Lisle. It's expansive campus includes the large monastic community at the abbey, Benedictine University, and an elite high school, Benet Academy. To celebrate its 125th anniversary, the Benedictine's have commissioned Nancy Galbraith to compose Lumen Christi, a 30-minute sacred work that was premiered at the Abbey on March 2, 2010. The premiere was conducted by Thomas Octave, and performed by the superb Benet Academy Madrigal Singers, organist Josie Merlino, and world renowned Baroque flutist Stephen Shultz. Schultz's electroacoustic performances have been featured in three other recent Galbraith premieres: Other Sun (2009), Night Train (2008), and Traverso Mistico (2006). This was the third concert at St. Procopius Abbey featuring the music of composer Nancy Galbraith. In 2007 "A Concert for Peace in the Holy Land" presented the world premiere of Galbraith's oratorio Novena, and in 2008 the combined choirs of Benet Academy presented the Pittsburgh composer's epic God of Justice. Both concerts – also led by conductor Octave – were presented to raise funds and awareness for the Beit Benedict Peace Academy in Jerusalem.

"O Magnum Mysterium" in Arkansas... December 3 thru 18, 2009: Every year since 1964, Arkansas' Hendrix College Choir has presented its Candlelight Carol Service, which is modeled after the Service of Lessons and Carols celebrated annually at King's College in Cambridge, England. This year their program will include Nancy Galbraith's O Magnum Mysterium. Under the direction of Dr. Nancy Fleming, Professor of Music at Hendrix College, the choir will present five concerts at the school's Greene Chapel in Conway, Arkansas from December 3 thru 6, followed by a brief tour that will take them to St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas (December 17) and Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas (December 18). The work was commissioned by the Pittsburgh Camerata for its 2007 Christmas concert series.

Electric flute premiere in Pittsburgh... November 22, 2009: World renowned baroque flutist Stephen Shultz and Pittsburgh's celebrated electric cello ensemble Cello Fury will present the premiere of Nancy Galbraith's latest electroacoustical composition "Other Sun." The premiere is included on the program of the Carnegie Mellon Baroque Ensemble's concert at Kresge Recital Hall on the CMU campus in Pittsburgh on Sunday Novemember 22 at 5:00 PM. The concert will be recorded, and broadcast on WQED-FM at a later date. Schultz is a professor of music at Carnegie Mellon University, and director of the Baroque Ensemble. Last year Schultz and Celloforte premiered Galbraith's "Night Train" which also featured electroacoustical effects on the flute. The work was later recorded at the studios of Audible Images, and will be released on Galbraith's new CD in early 2010.

Sacred Songs & Interludes in New Jersey... November 21, 2009: The Ars Musica Chorale, conducted by music director Robert Long, will perform Nancy Galbraith's choral suite "Sacred Songs & Interludes" at Westside Presbyterian Church in Ridgeway, New Jersey on Saturday November 21 at 7:00 PM. One of New Jersey's premiere choral ensembles, Ars Musica presented Nancy's "Magnificat" in June 2007. In 2005, Long also led his chamber choir Seraphim in a performance of "Magnificat" in St. Paul's Chapel at Columbia University. Robert Long has enjoyed a quite an impressive career in the NYC area in the past decade. You can read his bio on the Ars Musica web site, where you may also purchase tickets ($20) online. "Sacred Songs & Interludes" was featured on a recent recording by the Pittsburgh Camerata led by music director Rebecca Rollett.
 

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All Music Review
on "Piano Concerto No. 1" from Ocean Records album "NEW ENERGY FROM THE AMERICAS"

Nancy Galbraith is an American composer who was born in and spent most of her professional life in the Pittsburgh Area. This concerto is a thirty-two minute work in the standard three-movement form, tonal, rhythmically exciting, and particularly colorful in sound. It was composed in the summer of 1993 and premiered by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in January, 1995. The orchestra begins the concerto quietly, but when the piano enters, the strings begin rhythmic pulsations. The scoring of the first movement frequently uses the wind instruments and percussion to extend the sound of the piano, rather than pitting orchestra and soloist against each other. An ethereal high string tremolo makes an unbroken transition to the second movement. The central part of the movement has an unaccompanied piano solo. This lyrical movement ends with other-worldly combinations of piano and orchestral sounds in a mood of meditation. The orchestra contributes the main melodic ideas in the third movement, which begins with strong rhythmic pulses in an explosive fashion. The piano's part is highly rhythmic, adding a lot of punch to the rhythmic side of the composition. Towards the end the piano takes over the melodic ideas. A powerful and driving cadenza (featuring percussion instruments joining the piano) leads to an impressive conclusion for all forces.
     —New Music Review (ca. 1996)


Amazon.com
on Albany Records album "NANCY GALBRAITH | ATACAMA"

"Nancy Galbraith is a Pittsburgh composer whom I'd never heard of before. But I'm glad I obtained this recording because she's really quite good... This disc contains a flute sonata, a string quartet, a 'wind symphony,' a major piano sonata, and two Latin dances for wind octet. And each one is worth listening to. This disc, with pieces from several genres recorded in a number of different venues in clear, lifelike sound by Albany Records, convinces me that Nancy Galbraith has an original voice that deserves to be heard."
     Amazon.com (Feb 28, 2003)


Amazon.com
on "Piano Concerto No. 1" from Ocean Records album "NEW ENERGY FROM THE AMERICAS"

"Ms. Galbraith's Piano Concerto is wonderfully lyrical while creating a beautiful world of sound that is refreshingly original. Like all of her music, this concerto is expertly written and full of orchestral imagination. Being a wonderful pianist herself, she knows how to write for the instrument and make it shine in every setting."
     Amazon.com (Jul 17, 1999)


American Record Guide
on Albany Records album "NANCY GALBRAITH | ATACAMA"

"Atacama Sonata, for flute and piano, is in three movements: I is a sprightly capriccio with darting shards of flute over a choppy but driving array of quartal and quintal piano harmonies, II is a lengthy improvisation..., III a whirligig toccata with emphatic syncopations.

"Inquiet Spirits is Galbraith's compact second string quartet... [It] is indeed spirited and restless, deploying lots of Bartokian snap, crackle, and pop to create a 9-minute carnival of cheerfully manic energy.

"The First Piano Sonata is, like the Atacama Sonata, choppy and driving in the exciting outer toccatas.

Galbraith's music for wind ensemble gives her a chance to show off her considerable skills as an orchestrator of winds and percussion. Her Wind Symphony I is a gaudy creation, imposing in its martial and celebratory granduer. It mixes lush harmonies and minimalist pulsings with gamelan-style superimpositions of long, slow lines over faster ostinatos...

"Finally the Two Latin Dances—a suitably insinuating and lascivious habanera (with faint echoes of Kurt Weill) and a humorously puttering and shaking samba—scored for a wind octet. This cunning, winsome, and smile-inducing pair is, along with the opening movement of the Atacama Sonata, the best crafted and most purely enjoyable music on the program. Performances are very good, recordings—from various venues—mostly excellent."
     —American Record Guide (Jul/Aug 2003)


American Record Guide
on ÉLAN Recordings album "NANCY GALBRAITH | FOUR CHAMBER WORKS"

"These four chamber works date from the mid-90s and serve to demonstrate how far American academic composition has come in just one generation. No cerebrally dissonant flailings here: instead the general ambiance is pleasant, cheery, and, even at its most intense, fundamentally gentle. The language is post-minimalistically modal, with chromaticism in short supply."

"The disc opens with Galbraith's Quartet 1 (1996), an exciting three-movement work... Motoric rhythms, jazzy motives, and plenty of rustic quintal harmony supply the action for the outer movements; the Night Music-like slow movement finds a romantic cello solo accompanied by suspiciously Glass-y arpeggiations. Call it Ginastera Lite, but the work makes a joyful noise and deserves to be heard."

"The program's closer, Rhythms and Rituals (1995), for woodwind quintet and piano, is a skillfully wrought divertissement setting a sunny diatonic interplay to a laid-back post-minimalist harmonic movement. This attractive piece certainly deserves consideration by university wind chamber groups looking for fresh repertoire."
     —American Record Guide (Jul/Aug 1999)


American Record Guide
on "Danza de los Duendes" from Klavier album "DREAM CATCHERS"

"Like Ms. Galbraith's with brightness round about it, this minimalism-charged work is full of imagination and energy."
     —American Record Guide (Jan/Feb 1999)


American Record Guide
on "Piano Concerto No. 1" from Ocean Records album "NEW ENERGY FROM THE AMERICAS"

"There was a recent recording by the Carnegie Mellon University Wind Ensemble... Ms. Galbraith's with brightness round about it was the best work on the disk; it showed her ability to use minimalism with skill and subtlety. The same is true here of her Piano Concerto, a wonderful work..."
     —American Record Guide (Mar/Apr 1997)


American Record Guide
on "with brightness round about it" from Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble's 1995 album

"This is one of the best band recordings in recent years...my favorite kind of disc: thrilling, cutting-edge works performed by an excellent ensemble..."

"Nancy Galbraith's with brightness round about it (the title comes from the book of Ezekiel) frames its splashy, minimalism-influenced middle section with a quiet beginning and ending. Ms. Galbraith...has a real flair for band writing: this should become an important part of the college wind ensemble repertory."
     —American Record Guide (Mar/Apr 1996)


Audiophile Audition
on Albany Records album "NANCY GALBRAITH | ATACAMA"

"More bright and 'up' music in a very accessible tonal style from the fertile imagination of Ms. Galbraith. She uses bits of modern techniques such as minimalism and polyrhythms, but never loses sight of great melodies and rhythms—showing again that we donít need to throw out nice diatonic tonality in order to keep writing interest[ing] new music today."
     Audiophile Audition (Jun 2003)


Chamber Music Magazine
on "Rhythms and Rituals" from ÉLAN Recordings' album "NANCY GALBRAITH | FOUR CHAMBER WORKS"

"Not the least bit 'listener unfriendly' but it couldn't have been written at any other time but now. An example of the kind of piece that should be the 'sound of classical music' on today's radio stations."
     —Chamber Music Magazine (Jun 2000)


Cincinnati Inquirer
on "Piano Concerto No. 1" from Ocean Records album "NEW ENERGY FROM THE AMERICAS"

"Mr. Lockhart leads Ms. Galbraith's Piano Concerto. A formidable work for piano in three movements, this is an equally virtuoso piece for orchestra, and a welcome addition to the concerto literature of this century."

"Her concerto is rich in textures and rhythms. The first movement dawns with an ethereal pianissimo, which introduces percussive, rhythmic chords in the piano that recall Prokofiev. A section of bongo drumming and syncopated piano chords soon dissolves into a flowing, lyrical melody for piano."

"An unearthly mood is set in the second movement by shimmering dissonances created by high harmonics and tremolo mixed with vibraphone, against a haunting piano melody."

"The finale is an explosive perpetuum mobile, with lively themes in winds against changing rhythmic patterns in the piano. Especially arresting is a piano cadenza, a driving ostinato against percussion and low brass, performed with exciting, almost primordial fervor."

"This is truly a thrilling performance..."
     —Cincinnati Inquirer (Sep 22, 1966)


CollegiumUSA
on "Missa Mysteriorum" from CMRL album "COMPOSER NANCY GALBRAITH"

"CollegiumUSA is proud to present this wonderful recording of Galbraith's Missa Mysteriorum. For those who may be hesitant to explore contemporary music, HAVE NO FEAR. Galbraith's work possesses genuine melody, with a sweeping American character—at time, almost cinematic in their arc; her harmonies are transparent and attractive; and her propulsive rhythms are reminiscent of the music of John Adams (El Niño, The Chairman Dances, etc.) and Michael Nyman (The Piano)."
     —CollegiumUSA (2004)


El Día
on the Orquesta Sinfónica de Veracruz performance of "Tormenta del Sur"

"The next number, which we greatly enjoyed, was the first performance in Mexico of the symphonic poem Tormenta del Sur by the American Nancy Galbraith. This work, first performed in Argentina in 1995, is characteristic of the purest American style of the composer, who creates modern music without disdaining rhythm and melody, as well as a very peculiar lyricism."

"El siguiente número, que gustó muchisimo, fue el estreno en México del poema sinfónico Tormenta del Sur de la estadunidense Nancy Galbraith. Esta obra, estrenada en Argentina en 1995, es charateristica del estilo netamente estadunidense de la autora, quien crea música moderna pero sin desdeñar el ritmo y la melodía, así como un lirismo muy peculiar."
     —El Día; Mexico City, Mexico (July 27, 1999)


Fanfare Magazine
on "Elfin Thunderbolt" from Klavier album "INTERNAL COMBUSTION"

"Nancy Galbraith (b. 1951) delivers a high-energy score with her Elfin Thunderbolt (1998). The music drives hard from its opening to a lullaby-like woodwind passage about two-thirds of the way through. The dreaminess is dispatched by the arrival of a snare drum that slowly ratchets the excitement level back to that of the work's opening."
     —Fanfare Magazine (May/Jun 2002)


Fanfare Magazine
on "Danza de los Duendes" from Klavier album "DREAM CATCHERS"

"The disc entitled Dream Catchers begins promisingly with an exercise in enriched minimalism by Nancy Galbraith. It begins briskly enough, then gains further push and momentum along its nine and a half minutes to a slam-bang conclusion."
     —Fanfare Magazine (May/Jun 1999)


Fanfare Magazine
on "Piano Concerto No. 1" from Ocean Records album "NEW ENERGY FROM THE AMERICAS"

"...the music itself certainly lives up to the meaning of the disc's overall title—New Energy From the Americas—in that an unconstrained flow of rhythmic and orchestrational flash and momentum characterizes both works."

"Nancy Galbraith...has painted on a much more ambitious canvas in her thirty-three-minute Piano Concerto in three linked movements. Its two outer movements are shot through with a highly syncopated, Hispanic-influenced percussive propulsiveness, interrupted by shadowy interludes of almost trance-like musing—an element which dominates the comparatively brief slow movement, recalling the opening movement's contemplative and panoramically suspended prolog and coda."

"...the program does make for a lush and gutsy hour and it is played and recorded with total professionalism and elan."

"A musically piquant and sonically opulent sample of 'new music' in a postmodernist and unashamedly neo-Romantic vein."
     —Fanfare Magazine (Jan/Feb 1997)


La Gazetta
on the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tucumán performance of "Tormenta del Sur"

"Galbraith, one of the most outstanding composers of her generation, along with Philip Glass and John Adams..."
     —La Gazetta; San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina, (April 30, 1995)


Music & Vision
on world premiere of "God of Justice" in Pittsburgh, PA

"Although Galbraith writes beautiful and effective slow music, few things can compare with her fast movements. The raw kinetic energy of the choral writing, driven by a percussion-heavy orchestra is nothing short of exhilarating. It is in this kind of writing that she makes her most distinctive and individual mark as a composer of contemporary choral music."

"Kudos to composer Galbraith for what is a magnificent choral achievement. It is hoped that a recording may be available in the future and that this work might enter the repertory of community oratorio/choral societies, for whom it is tailor-made."
     Music & Vision (Sep 25, 2004)


Music & Vision
on Albany Records album "NANCY GALBRAITH | ATACAMA"

"Overall this is a disc of tremendous energy and wonderful exuberance. None of these works are pieces to listen to while falling asleep. This is stay awake! music that demands and compels active and repeated listening. Although Galbraith's musical language uses primarily diatonic elements (and heavy uses of modality—both traditional and idiosyncratic), none of this music reveals all its secrets on a first hearing. This is music to be played and heard again and again."
     Music & Vision (Oct 1, 2003)


New Music Box
on Albany Records album "NANCY GALBRAITH | ATACAMA"

"Filled with echoes of Aaron Copland, Nancy Galbraithís Atacama Sonata is overflowing with lyrical melodies, lively rhythms, and pastoral harmonies. Stylistically, Galbraith practices a post-minimal reductive romanticism, i.e. extremely simple diatonic gestures with clear dramatic direction but without the overwrought exaggerations perpetuated by most hardcore neo-Romantics."
     New Music Box (Jul 2003)


New Music Connoiseur
on Albany Records album "NANCY GALBRAITH | ATACAMA"

"Composer Nancy Galbraith's collection of five works are works of artistry. [Her] musical palate is rich with excellent melodic lines and rhythmic energy... very impressive."
     New Music Connoiseur (Mar 2003)


Nuestro Pais
on the Orquesta Sinfónica de Veracruz performance of "Tormenta del Sur"

"A tremendous impact was generated in the mood of the audience at the premiere of the work Tormenta del Sur, by the American composer Nancy Galbraith, also a teacher of composition at Carnegie Mellon University. The composition in only one movement, allows us to feel its brilliance and its charm and at the same time its power..."

"Tremendo impacto consiguió en el ánimo de los espectadores, el estreno de la obra Tormenta del Sur, de la compositora estadunidense Nancy Galbraith, también maestra de composición en la Carnegie Mellon University. La obra en un solo movimiento, dejó sentir su brillantez y su encanto y al mismo tiempo su fuerza..."
     —Nuestro Pais; Mexico City, Mexico, (Jul 1996)


Records International
on CMRL album "COMPOSER NANCY GALBRAITH"

"The Mass is one of Galbraith's most ambitious works to date, and simultaneously one of her finest and most immediately appealing. As in the chamber and solo works we have had occasion to welcome in these pages previously, the composer's idiom of choice is a postmodern blend of twentieth-century styles, richly tonal and modal, and rhythmically vital, with nods in the direction of minimalism and neoromanticism. Its five movements setting the traditional Latin text of the Mass, the work's title refers to the mystery of faith viewed from a very personal standpoint and celebrated in music of grandeur and eloquent tenderness. The splendid concerto (her second) has a divertingly quirky energy and wit, tinged with the inflections of jazz and blues, framing a soulful slow movement with exuberant studies in sheer musical joie de vivre, tempered with an insistent, driven and at times almost hectic gaiety. The combination of these two works demonstrate Galbraith's standing as an individual contemporary communicator more surely even than the fine previous releases of her music."
     Records International (Jun 2004)


Records International
on Albany Records album "NANCY GALBRAITH | ATACAMA"

"This collection showcases Galbraith's exceptional communicative powers in music of emotional impact and appealing directness of expression. The flute sonata consists of two lively and colorful outer movements in the composer's trademark modally-inflected, slightly astringent tonal vocabulary, rhythmically incisive with incessant changes of meter, framing an eerily beautiful slow movement, 'in memory of the missing' which utilises breath-tones and multiphonics to-literally-breathtaking effect. The aptly titled Inquiet Spirits is a nervous, uneasy 9 minutes for string quartet, somewhat reminiscent of Bartók. Well-known for her contribution to the wind ensemble repertoire, the composer wrote the Danzas Latinas just in time for inclusion on this recording; a Habanera and Samba-witty and just a little melancholy, teasing the listener's expectations of these familiar forms. The Wind Symphony consists of three movements, which again, like the flute sonata, seem to suggest fantastic landscapes, especially the slow movement. Elsewhere, dynamic rhythms and a hint of minimalism propel the music forward. The Piano Sonata has been taken up by a number of fine pianists, and rightly so, as it presents a clear and cogent musical argument; energetic outer movements framing a slow movement of deep feeling and emotional depth."
     Records International (Feb 2003)


Records International
on ÉLAN Recordings album "NANCY GALBRAITH | FOUR CHAMBER WORKS"

"Alternately rhythmically insistent and dynamic, and tenderly melodic, Galbraith's music falls into a kind of modern-romantic category which allows the composer's individual voice to be heard uncluttered by the constraints of any particular school of composition. In the fast movements—the outer sections of the quartet, the Allegro (whose accompanying "Incantation" is hauntingly lovely), Rhythms and Rituals—some minimalist influence is certainly present—somewhat John Adams-like. Galbraith does not take refuge in overly simple harmonic progressions, and even when the music is most incisively rhythm-driven there is still a sense of harmonic argument. All these pieces are well worth getting to know."
     —Records International (Apr 1999)


San Antonio Express News
on the Trio Neos performance of "Aeolian Muses"

"Galbraith's Aeolian Muses is an attractive piece, opening with lonely interweaving woodwind melodies over the piano's modal—aeolian, one assumes—block chords, and proceeding through increasingly active dance-like sections to a kind of delirious burlesque conclusion."
     —San Antonio Express News (Apr 1, 1994)


Wet Paint
on ÉLAN Recordings album "NANCY GALBRAITH | FOUR CHAMBER WORKS"

"Galbraith has such a way of creating texture in these very expressive works you can almost "feel" them. Beside the quartet, her three pieces for winds and piano show a deep love of melody, though they're not quite "easy-listening." Their Eastern-tinged, meditative qualities contrast well with other sections that are very playful in their rhythmic vitality. A Pittsburgh native, Galbraith has some real treasures in her hometown musicians who perform here."
     Wet Paint (Jul 1999)


Wet Paint
on Ocean Record's album "NEW ENERGY FROM THE AMERICAS"

"Eduardo Alonso-Crespo and Nancy Galbraith are featured in five delightful compositions. Both composers are incredibly eclectic, showing influences from the eerie-humored waltzes of Prokofiev to the minimalism of John Adams."
     —Wet Paint (May 1997)


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
on "Sacred Songs & Interludes" performed The Pittsburgh Camerata

"Pittsburgh composer Nancy Galbraith's 30-year career continues to take on new dimensions. Her latest endeavor, "Sacred Songs and Interludes," gracefully integrates her characteristic rhythmic harmonic progressions with Middle-Eastern and Far-Eastern tunes and modes in a work that is both a sensitive celebration of humankind's rich diversity and a powerful musical prayer for wholeness and peace."
     Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Mar 20, 2006)


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
on "Requiem" performed the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh

"...a piece with universal appeal. Its seven sections included the powerful chords of the 'Tuba Mirum' and a tender 'Lacrimosa', indicating the scope and breadth of Galbraith's vision in a work that built, movement by movement, a contemporary spiritual connection."
     Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Apr 12, 2005)


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
on "Dos Danzas Latinas" performed the Renaissance City Winds

"The second half began with Nancy Galbraith's charmingly sophisticated "Dos Danzas Latinas." Galbraith asks for much from her musicians — leaping registers and rhythmic entanglements — and then imposes cleverly concealed endings that seem to dissipate into the air."
     Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Feb 8, 2005)


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
on "Four River Songs" performed the Pittsburgh Camerata

"The concert's focal point was the premiere of "Four River Songs" by Pittsburgh composer Nancy Galbraith: "The Mountain and the River" by Pablo Neruda, "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" by Langston Hughes, "the sky and a silver" by e.e. cummings and "Psalm 137: By the Waters of Babylon."

"Galbraith's distinctive compositional language vaunts crisply rhythmic harmonic progressions complemented by lyric, accessible melodies. For these works, she added the full spectrum of choral textures, eliciting pithy expressions of the texts.

"Galbraith's first major a cappella opus, "Four River Songs" exemplifies her versatility and insight. She filled the pieces with harmonic clusters, vocal ostinatos and complex counterpoint befitting the nimbleness of a chamber choir. The Camerata executed the sophisticated music adroitly.

"The concert repeats at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Church of the Ascension in Oakland. Galbraith's compositions make it a must-hear."
     Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Apr 29, 2003)


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
on "Wind Symphony No. 1" performed the Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble

"Galbraith has taken one of the artiest of the new composing styles, minimalism, and made it her own. Her Wind Symphony No. 1 displayed a warmth and gentle touch ...complete with melodies and an admirable vulnerability."

"...the sound she drew from the CMU Wind Ensemble exhibited a deft understanding of what's the natural best with that instrumentation."
     Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Mar 15, 2003)


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
on "Missa Mysteriorum" performed by the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh

"...a local gem..."

"Her music takes cues from minimalism, but is infused with deeper meaning. You can't get any deeper than the ordinary of the Mass, and Galbraith created stirring emotions."
     —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Feb 14, 2002)


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
on "Rhythms and Rituals" performed the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble

"Carnegie Mellon University composer Nancy Galbraith's Rhythms and Rituals is a splendid post-minimalist movement for winds, piano, bass and percussion. Two attractive and infectious melodies flow out of its rhythmically charged accompaniment, including a buoyant second theme first stated by the bassoon. For all its minimalist trappings and accompaniment, the work contained expressive color and deftly used dynamics, all within a comprehensible structure that approximated sonata form."
     —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Feb 7, 2000)


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
on "Piano Sonata No. 1" performed in recital by Ralph Zitterbart

"She composed a colorful piece with syncopated rhythms that explore the entire keyboard."
     —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Jan 12, 2000)


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
on the world premiere of "Missa Mysteriorum" by the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh

"...both spiritual and radiant, with an immediacy that could not be ignored."

"...a powerful artistic statement..."
     —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Nov 21, 1999)


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
on "Danza de los Duendes" from the Pittsburgh Symphony's "Concert of the Future"

"The best part of the concert, for me, was the world premiere of Nancy Galbraith's Danza de los Duendes...Galbraith's piece was impressive for its variety and skillful use of some minimalist techniques."
     —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Feb 20, 1994)


Pittsburgh Press
on "Danza de los Duendes" from the Pittsburgh Symphony's "Concert of the Future"

"Where last year's concert planted itself stubbornly in the past, this concert offered several contemporary works, chief among them Galbraith's Danza de los Duendes... Galbraith has penned a score of bright allure, its minimalistic touches deftly applied and its energetic personality balanced by lyrical finesse."
     —Pittsburgh Press (Feb 20, 1994)


Pittsburgh Press
on "Fantasia" performed by the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble

"Fantasia achieves the splendor of its name, arching hige in ethereal passages and tinkling with other-worldly chimes. With an impressionistic feel, the piece had lovely images."
     —Pittsburgh Press (Nov 24, 1987)


Pittsburgh Tribune Review
on "Requiem" performed the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh

"Galbraith's 'Requiem' is a masterpiece that had the audience members on their feet at the end, cheering with tears in their eyes."
     Pittsburgh Tribune Review (Apr 12, 2005)

"...the season's best new music..."
     Pittsburgh Tribune Review (Jun 14, 2005)


Pittsburgh Tribune Review
on "Missa Mysteriorum" performed the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh

"Wednesday night, Robert Page and the Mendelssohn Choir brought Nancy Galbraith's Missa Mysteriorum back to the stage of Carnegie Music Hall, where it was a smashing success at its world premiere in the fall of 1999. She has broken free of the thorny harmonic problems of 20th-century music, and also has moved far beyond the limitations of minimalism. 'Missa Mysteriorum' (Mass of the Mysteries) is boldly conceived in detail and its overall shape. Her composition, which uses chant to open and close the 'Credo' section, emphasizes the millenium-long tradition she continues so rewardingly."
     —Pittsburgh Tribune Review (Feb 15, 2002)


Pittsburgh Tribune Review
on "Inquiet Spirits" performed by the Cuarteto Latinoamericano

"The world premiere of Nancy Galbraith's Fughetta Spirito [renamed to "Inquiet Spirits"] was another success for one of Pittsburgh's leading composers. Although she teaches at Carnegie Mellon, her music is anything but academic, as her new piece shows. Despite its title and some imitation, it does not employ four-part fugal textures as might be expected. This is high-energy music with forceful contrasts, leading to a winning conclusion with an admirably supple bass line played."
     —Pittsburgh Tribune Review (May 1, 2000)


Pittsburgh Tribune Review
on "Rhythms and Rituals" performed the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble

"It has her characterisitc clarity, precision, proportion and charm."
     —Pittsburgh Tribune Review (Feb 7, 2000)


Pittsburgh Tribune Review
on "Piano Sonata No. 1" performed in recital by Ralph Zitterbart

"Galbraith, who, like Zitterbart, teaches at Carnegie Mellon, wrote a three-movement work: Fugue, Religioso and Allegro. Her fugue is a lively affair, far removed from dry academics. How many fugues make you want to dance? Galbraith's second movement builds to a powerful climax, with broadly conceived harmonic motion. The finale moves from helter-skelter agitation to well-ordered confidence."

"Zitterbart played Galbraith's sonata with the same care and affection as had been applied to the music of past masters."
     —Pittsburgh Tribune Review (Jan 12, 2002)