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Mandala 4

Sheet Music: Score

Mandala 4 : for string quartet / David Lumsdaine.

by David Lumsdaine (1983)

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  • Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.

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Though it doesn’t sound like the music of Messiaen, Mandala 4 is closer than any other work of mine to his aesthetic. Every musical idea derives from the birdsongs, in particular those of Spirey Creek as I heard them one dawn in the spring of 1984. There is no attempt to imitate the original songs, but their gestures, contours and harmony are the heart and the taking off point for all the music.

The work begins with an introduction in the spirit of a formal dance. The dance is interrupted by a gong (played by the violist) which leads into the main body of the work, an extended viola solo based on the dawn song of a Pied Butcherbird. A mosaic of counterpoints (a kind of anti-development) derived from the song of the Butcherbird’s neighbours grows out of the heterophonic accompaniment. After a reprise of the opening dance, which has been re-shaped by the songs of Currawongs and Little Friarbirds, the essential harmony of the piece gradually dissolves nad the sound of the gong leads to a gentle close, a closure without cadence. 

Published by: University of York Music Press — 1 score (22p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 20 mins

Commissioned by BBC.

First performance by Arditti Quartet — Sep 91. London, UK

Includes programme note.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: M-57020-021-4

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Analysis & Media

- Article: The country of my childhood : reflections on David Lumsdaine's music / by Michael Hall.

- Program note: David Lumsdaine's "Mandala 4"
by David Lumsdaine
Source: the score of this work


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