As part of her doctoral research at Trinity College Dublin, Meg recently completed five works featuring the integration of ethnic instruments with western orchestral instruments.
Zephyr is a six and a half minute piece for xiao, suspended cymbal, and cello. The airy timbre of the xiao is often accompanied by breath-like sounds in the cello and cymbal parts. In this way, the cello and the cymbal complement the ensemble without overpowering the xiao. While the word “zephyr” means a gentle, westerly breeze, an Irish traditional tune, “An Ghaoth Aneas” (The wind from the South) is loosely woven into the fabric of the piece. This work will be premiered on 22 May 2019 in The Studio at the National Concert Hall, Dublin. Martin Johnson on cello, Richard O’Donnell on cymbal, and Meg on xiao.
Hope is a six and a half minute work for Native American flute, soprano, mezzo-soprano, western flute, clarinet, and percussion. Setting the poem “Hope is the thing with feathers” by Emily Dickinson, it features opposing rhythms between the percussion and the rest of the ensemble. It was premiered at Trinity College Dublin on May 31, 2108. Performers were: Meg Collins Stoop, Native American flute; Elizabeth Hilliard, soprano; Sylvia O’Brien, mezzo-soprano; William Dowdall, flute; Paul Roe, clarinet; and Richard O’Donnell, percussion. A link to the recording of the premiere can be found below, in the LISTEN section.
Soft-spoken Power is a four and a half minute work for Native American flute solo. It explores the capabilities of the instrument with non-idiomatic chromaticism and angular melodic gestures. A link to a recording of Meg performing the piece can be found below, in the LISTEN section.
Moving Toward Home is a six minute work for uilleann pipes, clarinet, bassoon, and cello.
Under a Cobalt Sky, just under nine minutes long, is a work for two Persian instruments, the tar and the santoor, and violin and clarinet.
On 20 March 2019 Meg presented a lecture/recital at the DCU Symposium Contemporary Approaches to Music Composition and Sonic Arts: Practice as Research to take place on all Hallows Campus.
Meg is currently working on two compositions simultaneously. One is a composition for five flutes: xiao, Native American flute, Irish tin whistle, Irish low whistle, and silver flute. This piece will explore the harmonic implications of combining the timbres of the various flutes.
She is also setting the poem “Michael Robartes and the Dancer” by W.B. Yeats. This large scale work is for tenor, female speaker/dancer, Irish harp, uilleann pipes, and woodwind and string quartets.
At the Society of Musicologists Ireland Annual Plenary Conference 28-30 June 2019, Meg will give a presentation entitled “Addressing the Integration of Folk Instruments into Western Ensembles.” The conference will be held at Maynooth University.
Meg maintains a private studio in her home in Dublin, Ireland, where she offers lessons in flute, theory and composition, and piano. She has taught privately for more than twenty-five years and derives a particular joy from teaching 'late beginners.'
Email Meg now to schedule a free consultation to discuss your musical goals.