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String quartet No. 2 : "The flying roof"

by Mark Wolf (2015, this version: 2014)

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It is listed in our catalogue because an event featuring a performance of this work was included in our calendar of Australian music. Details of this performance are listed below.

Work Overview

Composed for string quartet, "The Flying Roof" looks at the relationship between music and architecture. In particular, the notion of translating architectural 'space' into 'musical' time. This string quartet is a musical interpretation of the five sectional drawings which make up the architectural design for the Busan Cinema Centre in South Korea, designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au. The work presents a musical rendering of the buildings' spatial design into a temporal musical experience. All five of the buildings' sectional drawings were gradually superimposed with each drawing representing a phase in the compositional process. This exercise allowed for clarity of spatial dimension, which then lended itself to be conceived in a musical context. The final result sees an alignment of all the five drawings producing a musical structure akin to the architect's intended concept.

Work Details

Year: 2015, this version: 2014

Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: at Castles in the Air: Music & Architecture (Basil Jones Orchestral Hall) on 17 Apr 2015

Performances of this work

17 Apr 2015: at Castles in the Air: Music & Architecture (Basil Jones Orchestral Hall).

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