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How dragonflies cross the ocean

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How dragonflies cross the ocean : String quartet no. 2 / Melody Eötvös.

Also known as: String quartet no. 2

by Melody Eötvös (2011)

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  • Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.
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    Performance by Australian String Quartet from the CD National Composers' Forum concert, 2011


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This composition for string quartet is inspired by the natural phenomenon of the longest migration of any insect on earth: the dragonfly Pantala Flavescens, more commonly known as the globe skimmer. I felt an incredibly strong link to the idea of the fragile, but stereotypically majestic insect making such an unanticipated journey for the entire duration of its life. In fact, it takes four generations of this dragonfly to complete the circuit it starts out initially from India. For me personally I attached myself to the idea of global travel and the constancy of change that moves around you while trying to stay focused and centered on some kind of direction. This composition is about following a line through episodes of tension and climactic strain, all with the purpose of settling into a flow which is more calm and soothing but that still inherently connects back to the experiences which lead into it.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (25p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 8 mins, 30 sec.

Commission info: Written for the Australian String Quartet National Composers' Forum 2011

Includes program notes.

Typeset edition.

This edition produced 2016.

ISMN: 979-0-900974-89-1

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