Saudade : Suite for double string quartet
by Natalie Williams (2015)
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Performance by Doric String Quartet, Pavel Haas Quartet from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 65.
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A suite for double string quartet commissioned as the first new composition of the Musica Viva Hildegard Project, supporting Australian women in composition.
Saudade is a Portugese word meaning; nostalgia, reminiscence for something, once loved, but now lost. Reflecting on this concept, the octet aims to portray the various emotional states associated with the mother and child relationship, through the cycle of life.
Instrumentation: 2 string quartets (4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos).
Duration: 20 min.
Contents note: I. The Dance of Life (4:25) -- II. Memento: A Lullaby Amidst Faded Memories (4:20) -- III. Chaconne: A Lament for the Antique (5:20) -- IV. Angelus: The Mother and the Heavens (5:20).
Commission note: Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia.. Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia by Linda Matthews and Robin Budden
Resonate article: 2016 Art Music Awards finalists - comments by judging panels by Australian Music Centre
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