Victoria & Albert Museum

Victoria & Albert Museum

Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL – go to Level 1, Room 22, where there is a display of eight marble busts.

Founded in 1852, the V&A is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, covering 12.5 acres and 145 galleries. Its collection spans 5,000 years of art, from ancient times to the present day, in virtually every medium, from the cultures of Europe, North America, Asia and North Africa.

Look at the busts and statues around you. Where are they looking? What do they see?

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Listen to the music composed for the V&A

Programme Notes 
“Glorvina” was the pet name given to the Irish author Sydney Owenson, Lady Morgan, after the celebrated heroine of her novel The Wild Irish Girl.

David D’Angers bust of the author is located in the Sculpture gallery, Room 22, at the V&A and is perhaps a romanticised image of Lady Morgan, who was apparently less than four feet tall, had a slight deformity of the spine and one eye larger than the other.

“Glorvina” was created in its entry (melodies and rhythms, as well as the spoken text) using Owenson’s introduction to her novel St Claire; or, The Heiress of Desmond. The piece was made at the Experimentalstudio des SWR in Freiburg using Thomas Hummel’s conTimbre, a new multimedia database of the contemporary orchestra.

Performance Credits

Members of the London Sinfonietta Academy

Composer: Alwynne Pritchard

Producer: Alwynne Pritchard


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