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On the horizon

Sheet Music: Performance Parts

On the horizon : from the song cycle Fables of Love, for soprano and string quartet / John Spence.

by John Spence (2014)

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  • Instrumentation: Soprano, 2 violins, viola, cello.


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On the Horizon is a lyrical aria for soprano and string quartet. It is the 3rd movement from a song cycle called Fables of love. It has been composed for the soprano Nuria Rial who has performed a lot of interesting baroque repertoire with a ground bass. Her vocal interpretations of this repertoire has been an inspiration for this piece.
The music in this composition builds upon a ground bass played by the cello in pizzicato. As the parts build, the music progresses to a middle section with an alternative pizzicato taken up by the viola. As the tension builds, the quartet becomes unified and more passionate with 4 part arco and then returns to a modified version of the opening ground bass section. The harmony consists of a progression of non diatonic extended chords connected through pivot notes.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 set of 5 performance parts (16p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 7 min.

Dedication note: dedicated to the soprano Nuria Rial

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc on this work:
Gabriel Fauré is an influence on this piece.

Lyrics by the composer.

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