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And there I was

Sheet Music: Score & Part(s)

And there I was : string quartet / Andrew Batterham.

by Andrew Batterham (2014)

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  • Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.


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This work is the first movement of a three-movement string quartet, called Urban Songs. This piece investigates the reality of living in an urban environment. Being alone in a crowd, continuous communication, the conquest and destruction of nature - these are some of the issues explored in each movement, with the outcome up to the listener. For many people the daily allowances made to exist in these environments are a kind of normality; and yet, there must have once been a time when highways and concrete did not overcome the grass and hills that were originally there.
While some people seek the security of crowds and social moments, others need solitude and the unique personal silence of being alone in a crowd. And There I Was… explores both, not only in musical ways but also in the changing performance relationships between members of the group.
The second movement, 'Streetlights And Lost Souls', is a soundscape representing a lonely streetscape at night, devoid of both the people who usually populate the street and the presence of nature, itself now a distant memory. The third movement, 'The Union', evokes the continuous bustling between spaces that is the modern commuter's daily existence, with each person's destiny relying on the clock, and nothing else;
millions of people working together as one.

Published by: Wirripang [9790720167473] — 1 score 30p. -- A4 (portrait)) and 4 parts

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 8 mins

Dedicated to Silo String Quartet

First performance by Silo String Quartet — 14 Sep 14. Trinity Uniting Church, Brighton, Melbourne

Includes program note and performance notes.

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This edition produced 2016.

ISMN: 9790720167473

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