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Stuart MacRae

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Stuart is a composer whose work explores themes of humanity in/as nature, the use of language through the singing voice, and mythology. His music brings emotion to the fore, and spans a wide variety of genres, including opera, instrumental, vocal and electroacoustic music.

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🔒 Preparation for recording session

A quick video update about some of the preparations for my upcoming recording…

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🔒 Wodwo – single release tomorrow!

Hello! Just a quick note to say that wodwo, the first single from my upcoming album terra firma, will be

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Ordering the tracks…

Ordering pieces for a new CD with Lotte Betts-Dean / Sequoia / Delphian records.

Today I’ve started working on the order in which these pieces will be presented on the new CD. It’s a pretty complicated task, a bit like 3D chess (no, I haven’t ever actually played 3-dimensional chess) but I think I’m getting somewhere with the help of some mind-mapping and strategic colour-coding. (see image)

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🔒 New work update

Hello Patrons, A little video update about some of my recent work (sorry, I forgot to put it in landscape

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🔒 A new opera?

I’ve been thinking about some ideas for a new opera I want to write, and thought I’d share a few

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🔒 Sneak preview – Ultima Thule

I’ve just received a recording made by the brass department of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire of a short piece I wrote for 8 tubas (!) last year. It’s a re-imagined version of the piece ‘Thule’…

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🔒 My garden in June – exclusive preview

Hello! I’ve been gradually compiling new improvisations for an album that I’ll hopefully be releasing later this year (as soon

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🔒 Setting Emily Brontë’s ‘The Prisoner’

Over the past year or so I’ve been working with the Australian mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean on several new pieces for voice. The plan is to build up a repertoire for a full CD of works for voice, which will be released on Delphian Records next year…we started by exploring a piece I’d already written, The lif of this world (here performed by Michael Chance),and Lotte’s instinctive approach to the ornamentation (the little notes in between the main notes) I’d written in the score inspired me to explore this part of my writing further. So I began work on a new piece for solo voice, based on Emily Brontë’s poem The Prisoner (A fragment), which would employ a variety of approaches to ornamentation, many of them based loosely on a folk-like idiom…

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🔒 Work in progress – incarnadine (Patron only)

I’m making a new live performance version of incarnadine – become a patron to find out more about the process!

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🔒 Thule – music with audio commentary

Here’s an audio commentary on Thule, a piece I made last year:  You can listen to the track without commentary

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🔒 Thank you!

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🔒 Teaser for a future album track – exclusive to patrons

Here’s something that came out of a long working session a few days ago. It’s work in progress, but I’m

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