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Pied butcherbird suite : for string quartet / Hollis Taylor
by Hollis Taylor (2008)
This four-movement suite was written for string students at the University of Newcastle. All movements derive from the duet recorded on Booth Road in Brookhill, near Townsville. The duet is based on four pitches, an F ascending a minor third to an Ab, then falling a tritone to a D and on down to a C. The four tones form a D minor seven, flat five chord (Dm7 b5). The tension created by this dominant shape is partially stabilised in the repetition. The limitation to four notes (at least structurally) is a challenge to both bird and human. When something this simple connects, it can be powerful.
Published by: Wirripang [979-0-720101-43-9] — 1 score 31p. -- A4 (portrait)) and 4 parts
Difficulty: Advanced — Professional or mature student.
Duration: 8 mins, 30 sec.
1. Batá fourths: Brookhill -- 2. Tag -- 3. Waltz with tree frogs -- 4. Butch.
Includes program note and biographical notes on composer.
Winner of APRA/UWS compostion award 2008.
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