Accommodation for string quartets : for string quartet and mixed media
by Thomas Meadowcroft (2014)
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Accommodation for String Quartets can be either played
in a concert hall or, more appropriately, in an apartment or
house. When played in a non-proscenium setting, the work in four
movements, is ideally played in three separate rooms or
Movement 1 (room 1) is a performance of a board game inspired by the transactions and interactions of Endgame Capitalism. Movement 2 (room 2) is a seance in search of the spirit of Endgame Capitalism. Movements 3 and 4 (room 3) is performed in the manner of a traditional house concert (with instruments, music notation and music stands).
Accommodation for String Quartets is dedicated to one's neighbours. They are imponderable, unknowable, forever at a distance even though they are unbearably close ('downstairs', 'next door' etc.).
Instrumentation: String quartet, cash register, glockenspiel, loudspeakers, ouija board, plastic bags, playback devices, portable organ, pot plant, monopoly board, string quartet, tissues, birdcall.
Duration: 35 min.
First performed in 2014 in various family homes in Lower Saxony, Germany
The composer notes that the work was commissioned by:
Stiftung Niedersachsen, Niedersächisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur, Musikland Nidersachsen, Nord/LB Kulturstiftung, Landeshauptstadt Hannover Kulturbüro, Quartett PLUS 1
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