Sheet Music: Score
Cruel and usual : for string quartet and four bass amplifiers / Cat Hope.
by Cat Hope (2011)
Cruel and Usual is a work inspired by
an article by the Al Jazzera news service that discusses the use
of solitary confinement in US prisons as incarceration rates
explode in the USA. In some cases, prisoners have remained in
solitary for over 38 years, or may even be children, and the
reasons for going in there are not always clear or legitimate.
This kind of confinement is known as 'no touch torture' by
In this work the string players are sampled at certain small moments of the piece, and 'translated' into much lower ranges instantaneously, which fade out or grow, and are sometimes 'distorted'. The use of drone - long notes that change very little - acts as a descriptive metaphor for the lives of these that may find themselves in these situations.
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (4p. -- A3 (landscape))
Difficulty: Medium — graphic score
Duration: 8 mins
Includes performance instructions.
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