Composer Nancy Galbraith (b. 1951) resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, where she is Professor and Chair of Composition at Carnegie Mellon University. In a career that spans three decades, her music has earned praise for its rich harmonic texture, rhythmic vitality, emotional and spiritual depth, and wide range of expression. Her works have been directed by some of the world's finest conductors, including Gennady Rozhdetsvensky, Mariss Jansons, Keith Lockhart, Sidney Harth, Samuel Jones, and Robert Page. Her compositions are featured on numerous recordings, including four anthologies. With major contributions to the repertoires of symphony orchestras, concert choirs, wind orchestras, chamber ensembles, and soloists, Galbraith plays a leading role in defining the sound of contemporary classical music.
Nancy Galbraith has achieved international success as a composer of concert band music that is frequently performed by some of the world's finest ensembles, including the Musashino Academy of Music Wind Ensemble (Japan), the Waspik Symphonic Wind Orchestra (the Netherlands), Bispehaugen Ungdomkorps (Norway), and the highly acclaimed North Texas Wind Symphony. Her most popular works for this genre include with brightness round about it (1993), Danza de los Duendes (1996), Wind Symphony No. 1 (1996), and Elfin Thunderbolt (1998)—have together enjoyed over 100 performances in the past decade.
Recently, the composer’s unique and inventive Concerto for Piano and Wind Ensemble (2000) has found its way into the repertoire and appears, along with her Mass, on a CD titled Nancy Galbraith. Her other works can be found on two Klavier disks—Dream Catchers (1998) featuring the North Texas Wind Symphony conducted by Eugene Corporon, and Internal Combustion (2001) with the IUP Wind Symphony conducted by Jack Stamp—and on recordings by the University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee), Drake University, and the Waukesha Area Symphonic Band (Wisconsin).
Galbraith's latest, Washington's Landing (2006), was recently premiered by the Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble and by Pittsburgh's River City Brass Band.
Works for Winds
- Concerto for Piano and Wind Ensemble
- Danza de los Duendes
- Elfin Thunderbolt
- Two Psalms
- Washington's Landing
- Wind Symphony No. 1, "If Rachael in a Yellow Rose"
- with brightness round about it