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Sheet Music: Performance Parts

Airborne / Grant Sheridan.

by Grant Sheridan (2010)

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  • Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass.
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    Performance by Vivente Quartet, Harley Gray, Tim Nott from the CD Airborne


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A set of works for strings inspired by poems written in the hope of redemption, peace and freedom. The pieces can be performed as individual works or as a set; ideally each composition should be prefaced by a reading of the poem which inspired its creation.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 set of 5 performance parts (29p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Complicated technically, musically and emotionally.

Duration: 31 mins

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).

First performance by Vivente Quartet, Harley Gray, Tim Nott at Airborne (St John's Anglican Church (Adelaide)) on 17 Oct 2010

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.

Typeset edition.

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Score: Airborne / Grant Sheridan.

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