Welsh-born Hilary Tann is a contemporary composer currently living and teaching in New York State. She writes for large and small ensembles and her work is most often characterized as lyrical, with Tann drawing inspiration from the natural world, especially that of her beloved Wales.
She has worked diligently to advance the role of women composers, including being involved with the International League of Women Composers from 1982-1995 and holding various leadership roles during her tenure. She is actively commissioned and her works are performed internationally. In recent years Tann was the guest composer in residence at the Eastman Women in Music Festival (2011) and composer in residence of the Women Composers Festival of Hartford (2013). Tann was also interviewed for Jennifer Kelly’s book In Her Own Words: Conversations with Composers in the United States available from University of Illinois Press.
Here is a taste of one of my favorites from her chamber writing: