Airborne : string quintet
by Grant Sheridan (2010)
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Library shelf no. CD 2203 [Available for loan]
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Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass.
Duration: 31 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Complicated technically, musically and emotionally.
Contents note: 1. Birdsong, for solo violin (after the poem "Birdsong" written by an anonymous child in Terezin Concentration Camp) -- 2. The butterfly, for solo violin (after the poem "The Butterfly" by Pavel Friedmann written in Terezin Concentration Camp, 4 June 1942) -- 3. Cranes, for solo viola (after the poem "Cranes" by Rasul Gamzatov) -- 4. Because I fly, for solo cello (after the poem "Because I Fly" by Brian Shul) -- 5. High flight, for solo double bass (after the poem "High Flight" by John Gillespie Jr.) -- 6. The dove descending, for string quintet (after T.S.Eliot Part 4 of "Little Gidding" from The Four Quartets).
Winner of the South Australian Award in the 2011 AMC-APRA Art Music Awards.
A speaker may deliver readings of the texts which inspired the composition, which extends the performance time to around 40 minutes.
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