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Sirenity : string quartet

by Jesse Budel (2013)

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Work Overview

Sirenity explores the mythology of the siren - hybrid woman with either bird-like or mer-like physical qualities, whose beautiful voices lured the all-too-easily corruptible minds of sailors to their peril.

Channelling spectralist, minimalist and ecoacoustic approaches, the work retains this dyadic relationship of characters: the sirens through humpback whale song and the sailor/victim in the airborne caws and calls of the wandering albatross (both sourced from recordings), with the former drawing the latter to its impending doom; the aftermath decaying back to the torrents of the sea.

Work Details

Year: 2013

Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello (all amplified).

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Written for the Australian String Quartet's 2013 National Composers' Forum

First performance: by Australian String Quartet — 17 Oct 13. Elder Hall, The University of Adelaide


Performances of this work

17 Oct 13: Elder Hall, The University of Adelaide. Featuring Australian String Quartet.

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