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Balderdash

Sheet Music: Performance Parts

Balderdash : for string quartet / Holly Harrison.

by Holly Harrison (2017)

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  • Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.

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Balderdash begins and ends with amplifier feedback: a sound that quickly makes us bring our fingers to our ears! The piece imagines an alternate world in which music is heard between the feedback - a sort of sub/hyper-sonic sound world which takes place in mere seconds.


With this in mind, the string quartet explores musical ideas inspired by electric guitar, including distortion, white noise, whammy bars, power-chords, dive-bombs, wah-wah, phaser effects, slap bass, and of course, speaker feedback. Balderdash makes high use of punk rock rhythms, dissonance, and percussive-based jams, which morph in and out of bluegrass, grunge, prog-rock, metal, and . . . disco.


Given the piece was commissioned for a competition, I felt it might be fun to experiment with a battle-of-the-bands theme within the string quartet itself. Throughout Balderdash, players go rogue (especially the cello!), engage in one-upmanship, jam, duel, challenge, compete, interrupt, surrender, work together in teams, and cooperate as one. The piece is intended to be theatrical and encourages the quartet to perform with abandon.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 set of 4 performance parts (71p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 13 mins

Commission info: Commissioned by Silo Collective for performance by Musica Viva Australia. Commissioned for the 2018 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition

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This edition produced 31 Dec 18.

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