Bukovina odyssey : for string quartet
by Stephen Lalor (2011)
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Performance by Chanterelle String Quartet from the CD Works by Stephen Lalor, Lachlan Skipworth, Elena Kats-Chernin, Peter Sculthorpe.
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Bukovina odyssey draws loosely on the string playing traditions of the Bukovina region (north Romania/Ukraine) and Carpathian Mountains. It is in 3 distinct sections: a slower opening in which solos are exchanged over dramatic col legno march rhythms and ethereal harmonics;the 2nd section moves along into a moderate tempo with more exchanges over an ostinato, which builds into a spirited final section recalling gypsy improvisations interwoven with a 4-bar Moldavian folk tune.
Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.
Duration: 5 min.
Difficulty: Medium — Suitable for advanced senior high school up
Dedication note: Dedicated to Fiona Ziegler
Influenced by the string playing traditions of the Bukovina region (north Romania/Ukraine), including the Roma (gypsy) accompanying and improvisational/decorative styles. Uses brief fragment of a Moldavian dance tune towards the end.
The difficulty in this piece lies not in pure technical terms, but in the nuances, sliding, percussive string slaps etc and blending of passages of sul pont with harmonics and bringing it off as an ensemble.
The Chanterelle String Quartet's premiere performance of "Bukovina Odyssey" 23 February 2011, St James, Sydney
- Influenced by: Roma (gypsy) folk music
Performances of this work
12 Nov 2017: at Chanterelle String Quartet play Lalor, Vivaldi, Bridge (St Augustine’s Catholic Church (Balmain)). Featuring Chanterelle String Quartet.
9 Nov 14: Blessed Sacrament Church, NSW. Featuring Chanterelle String Quartet.
20 Sep 13: Opera Theatre Northern Foyer (Mural level), Sydney Opera House, NSW. Featuring Chanterelle String Quartet.
2 Jun 13: Eugene Goossens Hall, NSW. Featuring Chanterelle String Quartet.
5 Feb 2011: at The Volatinsky Trio (Blacktown Arts Centre).
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