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Composer James MacMillan on 'The Confession of Isobel Gowdie'

James MacMillan, one of Scotland’s most celebrated composers, talks about one of his most famous works, 'The Confession of Isobel Gowdie'. He outlines the story behind the music, describing the character of Isobel Gowdie and the events surrounding her death (she was put to death as a witch). James contemplates whether or not it is important to understand the story when listening to the music. He also talks about the influence that religion has on his music. The clip features the BBC SSO rehearsing 'The Confession of Isobel Gowdie'.

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Composer Sir James MacMillan

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