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Accommodation for string quartets : for string quartet and mixed media

by Thomas Meadowcroft (2014)

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Work Overview

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 performance spaces.

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.).

Work Details

Year: 2014

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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